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Richie Education Programme

At Urenco, we understand that science and engineering are incredibly important subjects for students to learn. This is why one of our long standing sustainability commitments is to nurture the next generation of scientists and engineers through our Richie education programme. Our global programme has reached more than a quarter of a million students since 2007.

The programme has a dedicated website, which can be accessed here.

Science workshops

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 school children, teaching them about energy and the importance of protecting our planet for future generations.

Partnership with the Science Museum

Our major science education project for the past three years has been our sponsorship of the Science Museum’s Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, located in the UK.

The interactive gallery, which opened in 2016, features more than 50 immersive exhibits and demonstrations that show visitors how science and mathematics have shaped our lives.

Find out more about Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery here.

Annual Richie Lecture

Each year, Urenco hosts a Richie Lecture at the Science Museum, a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects for 11-14 year olds.

Our Richie Lecture 2018 took place in Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery and focussed on the scientific discoveries behind electricity. Students learnt how electricity works and the important role it plays in our day to day lives. 120 students attended the Lecture and had the opportunity to hear from Marty Jopson, science presenter and broadcaster.

Partnership with the British Science Association

In 2014, Urenco partnered with the British Science Association (BSA) to encourage young people to engage with STEM subjects through their CREST Awards initiative, an award scheme recognising success in STEM project work.

In partnership with the BSA, we have developed a Richie inspired programme of CREST classroom resources. The CREST Star (aimed at 7-11 year olds) and Discovery Award (aimed at 11-14 year olds) activities aim to inspire students to study STEM and provide further insight into the principles behind nuclear energy.

In 2018, we launched our popular Discovery Award activity in the Netherlands, as part of the BSA’s international expansion. Our resource is the first CREST Awards activity targeted at schools outside of the UK.

Our resources can be downloaded here

  • Students at our Richie Lecture 2018 in the UK

  • Students at a science workshop in the USA

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