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Marling School and Stroud High School 6th form students have been showing off their knowledge of nuclear science as part of a chemical engineering project.

The students have been working in small groups to collect data on nuclear processes, gained during practical experiments carried out over the last three weeks.  They evaluated their results and presented their findings to a representative from Horizon Nuclear Power today (14 June).

Ben Salisbury, Lead Nuclear Steam Supply System Engineer at Horizon, gave a talk on career pathways into STEM (science, technology and engineering) before judging the projects and awarding a prize to the winning groups of students. 

In total 5 teams delivered their work to the whole year group of chemists and at least one of the winning participates is applying for a university course in chemical engineering.

The students were really inspired listening to Ben’s experience of working in the nuclear energy business and how the project work that they have been doing relates to his day-to-day job and the running of a nuclear power station.

This year the chemistry department would like to congratulate two joint winning teams in the Chemical Engineering Project. 

Mr Balster’s team consisting of Casper Andersen, Beth Cave, Jack Harrison and William Taylor showed an excellent depth of knowledge explaining the principles of fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

Mr Niven’s group Laura Bailey, Trinity Eales, Rosanna Russell and Alex Beddoe engaged the audience with their understanding of the applications of the theory to real life situations.

We have been running this project for a number of years now and the work presented this year was over and above A-level and into degree standard.  The presentations were all very different in style and it was such a close competition.

Dr Harris

 
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