EESW Girls In STEM with the Nuclear Futures Institute, Bangor University

Following on from the success of the EESW (Engineering Education Scheme Wales) Girls in STEM day for girls from local secondary schools on the 9th November 2022, an additional event was held on the 18th January 2023. 90 girls from Syr Hugh Owen, Prestatyn and Rhyl high schools attended and were split into 3 groups. Each group would spend time with Electronic Engineering, Technocamps and our very own Nuclear Futures Institute (NFI) all at Bangor University. Volunteers of the NFI had access to outreach activities produced by Magnox Ltd from the Wylfa power station’s visitor centre. These activities included a maths-related fuel rod game and robotic arm task, where the girls were asked to sort cylinders for a model nuclear waste according to colour. “Build a turbine” such as those used in electrical generation in most power stations. Other activities included the Energy Top Trumps card game, produced by Manchester University, along with a quiz and word search game. NFI staff and PhD students were also able to give some insight into the path that led them to work in the nuclear field along with answering questions throughout the day about the various fields of research within nuclear, such as nuclear fission, fusion, and medical isotope production that we hope to gain in Wales soon. Due to the success of the events held so far, additional events have now been scheduled in February and April of this year.