National Grid is passionate about encouraging the next generation of engineers to take an interest in science, engineering and technology. The Hinkley Connection Project has teamed up with educational charity the Smallpeice Trust to spark a passion for engineering amongst local secondary school students.
Educators from the Trust will host a series of full-day Smart Build Challenge workshops for pupils aged between 11 and 14 (Key Stage 3). During the day, students will work in small teams to design and build a structure with its own energy and clean water supply.
The Challengers will also meet one of the National Grid engineers working on the 57km Hinkley Connection Project who’ll talk about their role, the world-class engineering that is behind the project and what inspired them to choose engineering as a career.
Two pupils from each workshop will then be offered a full week’s work experience at National Grid’s purpose-built training facility in Ekring, Nottinghamshire.
In November, Smart Build Challenge days will be held at Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar, Robert Blake Science College in Bridgwater and Priory Community School in Worle. More sessions are planned with secondary schools in the New Year.
For pupils aged 5 -11 in Key Stages 1 and 2, we’ve also created a new workshop programme called Energy and You. A number of primary schools have been invited to take part in 2020 – look out for more in Spring’s Project Update.
Both workshop programmes support the STEM curriculum and have been set up to support schools in areas most impacted by the Hinkley Connection Project.