CHILDREN at Spurcroft Primary School learned about sustainable energy and healthy eating using equipment loaned by the Atomic Weapons Establishment as part of national science week.
Pupils from Years 5 to 6 examined how Thatcham might cope in the future without fossil fuels. AWE environmental specialist Giles Davis talked to the children about various forms of sustainable energy. This was followed by a demonstration of a wind turbine loaned to the school from AWE’s schools liaison scheme.
And pupils from Years 1 and 2 looked at healthy eating with help from AWE’s skeleton ‘Boney Boris’. Using a bag of bones, body tunic, jaw models, miniature skeleton the children examined how important lifestyle is in maintaining healthy bones.
Spurcroft Primary School teacher Mrs Jones said: “The children really benefited from the outreach work from AWE. They enjoyed learning about different forms of renewable energy from a visiting speaker who was able to answer a lot of their probing questions. They have also benefited from exploring how wind turbines work by assembling and running a model wind turbine; seeing a working model was a great way of initiating discussion.”
AWE works with local schools to foster and inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.