inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers

22nd October 2018

px was delighted to welcome Roseberry Primary School to our Teesside Gas Processing Plant, demonstrating our on-going commitment to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The visit was conducted in conjunction with Children Challenging Industry (CCI), a primary science initiative running across NE England from the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) at the University of York with whom px has started an ongoing collaboration. During this inaugural visit the school children got to take part in activities designed to find solutions to engineering problems, which they did very successfully. They also enjoyed a tour around the gas processing plant seeing first-hand what jobs are available and skills required to work at our sites.

Paul McCann, Site Director said after the visit:

“The team were delighted to get involved and support the CCI initiative. During the visit the team provided the children with hands on experiments which supported their classroom learning and gave them further insights into filtration, pipework connections and temperature control mechanisms”.

The visit was very interactive with both girls and boys participating in the experiments, asking questions and resolving real time problems. Their feedback from the experiments and knowledge gained was tremendous and just shows that if we can stimulate their interest and give them hands on experience, they will become our next generation of engineers!

Nicky Waller, primary science advisory teacher from CIEC who accompanied the children said:

“It was really exciting to see all our hard work come together for the first ever CCI visit to px. The programme begins with learning carried out in the classroom but it is vital that the children have an understanding of how this knowledge can be applied in the workplace. It is only through fantastic site visits such as this one that this can be achieved”.

px understands that it is essential to work with the young engineers and scientists of the future encouraging them to study the subjects that will enable them to have rewarding careers within our fantastic industry. Partnering with organisations like CIEC is an ideal way to make this happen.