Richie education programme
At Urenco, we understand that science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects are incredibly important for students to learn. Nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers is vital in ensuring we have the expertise to continue tackling modern day issues such as climate change.
This is why our Richie education programme forms a key part of our sustainability strategy under our social impact building block. Our global programme has reached an estimated 300,000 students since 2007 through a range of online interactive resources and in person workshops and events. These activities provide students with skills, inspiration and knowledge or vital STEM subjects, particularly climate change and the future energy mix needed to reduce the rate of global warming.
Science workshops are a key component of our Richie education programme.
Through a series of instructor led workshops at schools local to our sites in the Netherlands, the UK and the USA, Richie connects with schoolchildren, teaching them about energy and the importance of protecting our planet for future generations.
Each year, Urenco hosts a Richie Lecture at the Science Museum in the UK, a celebration of STEM subjects for 11- to 14-year-olds.
Our eighth Richie Lecture 2022 took place in Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery where our guest speaker, Dr Ken Farquhar, performed his show entitled ‘How To Save The Planet in 45 minutes’. The theme of this year’s lecture explored the science behind environmental campaigns and how this links to pollution and climate change. Students learned how to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, as well as the importance of sustainability, all through the spectacle of interactive science. As well as the live magic show, students took part in an interactive quiz and had the opportunity to experience the Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery.
We have developed two workshops with the British Science Association as part of their project based CREST Awards initiative to encourage young people to engage with STEM subjects.
Spinning Solutions (aimed at 7- to 11-year-olds) – through group work and interactive activities, students can learn about the concept of separation and its purpose in everyday life.
Enrich my Classroom (aimed at 11- to 14-year-olds) – students can investigate a variety of topics, including coding, electricity, magnetism, ergonomics and nanotechnology, and develop exciting new ways to enrich their classroom. This workshop is also available in Dutch: Classroom2030.
If you are interested in hearing more about how we can work with you to deliver interactive educational resources and events for students, please contact [email protected].