children challenging industry (CCI) programme

28th May 2019

The team at Teesside Gas Processing Plant (pxTGPP) once again welcomed a group of students, this time from St Joseph’s RC Primary School as part of their on-going commitment to the Children Challenging Industry (CCI) Programme.

Following three teaching and learning sessions from a member of the CCI teaching team & the class teacher the pupils were given the opportunity to see first-hand how work related industrial processes work in practice.

The visit started with an interactive session to explain where natural gas comes from, how it is transported to our site, processed and is ultimately piped into our homes. The pupils showed great understanding by demonstrating their knowledge gained from their classroom learning.

The children then moved onto three practical workshop sessions which included learning the most efficient ways to filter products, the processes and equipment utilised in cooling and heating liquids, making gasket/ flange connections and then testing them for leakages, which became quite competitive!

At the end of the visit Paul McCann, Site Director at pxTGPP asked the group what they had learnt to check their learning and understanding from the visit. It was great to see and hear how much the children had engaged, recorded and described their experiences. To end the visit the question was posed how many would like to work in this industry and it was fantastic to see a many hands go up at this point.

A massive thank you to the team at TGPP for all their hard work in putting together a fantastic learning experience that has hopefully inspired a future generation to work within our industry.

The Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme, initiated in 1996 by CIEC at University of York, provides opportunities for primary school children to experience science, presented in an industrial context. Children undertake a series of scientific investigations in school before visiting a local industrial partner to see how the scientific concepts are applied. In addition to working with children, the programme also delivers high quality professional development in science teaching to primary school teachers.