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Children Get Interactive with Geological Disposal 

A group of 43 children from St Gregory’s Primary School in Workington and Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Primary School in Maryport have taken part in an interactive learning session with the University of Sheffield and the Allerdale GDF Working Group.

James Mansfield, a Scientist and Science Communicator from the University of Sheffield, delivered two hands-on sessions to the Primary School students aged 10 and 11. 

Using illustrations, games and experiments, the children were encouraged to consider how their electricity is made and how waste is generated. Specifically, how electricity can be made in nuclear power stations and the effect that nuclear waste may have on their local environment.

Students were also introduced to the science behind Geological Disposal and the engineering methods that would be used to construct a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).

Topics covered were linked to the school curriculum and included elements of Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Geography.

RWM Community Engagement Coordinator, Alison Beard who supported the event said: “Young people are really important stakeholders in the conversation around GDF and the Working Group want them to be able to access all the information and support they need to properly understand it.”

“James did a fantastic job of explaining and illustrating the science behind Geological Disposal in a way that was fun and engaging. The experiment they did to explain the multi barrier system (the combination of man-made and natural barriers that would isolate and contain radioactive waste) was really effective and the Lego GDF was a big hit! All the students took a real interest and seemed to hugely enjoy the session.”

The Allerdale GDF Working Group says it hopes more sessions like this will be delivered in other schools throughout the Search Area, as it continues its engagement work and encourages people to take part in the conversation about whether Allerdale could be the right place to build a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) – and whether a GDF would be right for Allerdale.

Any schools interested in similar sessions get in touch with claire.johnson@pbp.org.uk

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