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16 March 17
The Affinity Water education team are strong advocates of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They use their expertise to engage school pupils from KS1 to KS5 to enhance their knowledge about water and how STEM skills are used in the water industry today.
As part of British Science Week, the education team celebrated this year’s theme of ‘change’ with several schools across their supply area. The school pupils who took part were eager to learn about the last 100 years in the water industry and how the application of STEM skills has allowed the water industry to progress and lead to huge advances in public health and economic prosperity.
The schools which visited Affinity Water’s education centre in Hertfordshire had the opportunity to take part in the ‘Rolling Rivers’ day and learnt all about the careful management of water sources on the interactive river model. They also visited a nearby water treatment works to learn how Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills are applied in the treatment process.
Enthusiastic students also got involved with ‘hands on’ scientific experiments by designing and making water treatment processes and water distribution systems.
To coincide with British Science Week’s theme of change, students learnt how precious water really is and made ‘water saving promises’ to make positive changes in their use of water which will help ensure a sustainable supply of water for future generations.
Mr Andrew Lovett, Year 5 classroom teacher at Benards Heath School in St Albans said: “We have been coming here for years now because it is so important for children to make real life links to the Science and Geography work we cover in the classroom. Helping them learn about the water cycle whilst making them think about the water that comes out of their taps at home and at school, allows them to see why we are learning about water in the first place – and how humans are connected to the world around them.
Helen Cox, a Geography teacher at Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden said:
“The workshop provided a great opportunity to explore concepts from the STEM subjects and put these into practice. The students embraced their challenge with questioning minds and enthusiasm.”
Affinity Water Education Services Manager, Hannah Battram said: “We aim to be the UK’s leading community - focused water company. It is vital that we work with children to make the links between the theory they learn in school and the practical challenges in the world of work. What positive changes will our future scientists and engineers make? How will our water resources be valued and protected in the future? This year, British Science Week has certainly been a great way of encouraging young people to make a positive change.”
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