National Nuclear Laboratory


Monday 23 October 2023

NNL sponsors 100 school children to attend New Scientist Live

National Nuclear Laboratory exhibited at the New Scientist Live event 7-9 October 2023. Over 23,000 people of all ages descended on the Excel Centre in London, curious about the latest in science and technology. There was a variety of experiences and talks including NNL’s Dr Tim Gregory giving his popular talk on meteorites.

As one of over 80 exhibitors, visitors to our stand had the opportunity to interact with our Lego® model of an integrated energy system. Through conversations with NNL’s scientists, graduates, and apprentices, they gained a better understanding of the role nuclear can have within a clean energy future. NNL’s Scientific Apprentice, Melissa Lovell recalled; “It was an amazing experience to speak to so many people about nuclear and watch them walk away with a totally different mindset”. She also added; “Being able to chat about apprenticeships in such an informal setting helped to have more honest discussions, opened their minds to all the different possibilities within nuclear and left them feeling happier about science. ”

For Schools Day, on Monday 9 October, NNL sponsored 100 tickets for children to attend. The Archbishop Tenison’s CE High School in Croydon received some of the tickets, and Mr Bowers, Head of Science, said; “The event was brilliant exposure for all 70 pupils. One group of girls was very taken with the simulation of taking blood and injecting medication into veins, spotlighting a future medical career.” Another pupil added; “It was a really good trip. This was my first trip in secondary school!”

Dr Gareth Headdock, Vice President, Government and New Build concluded; “We were very pleased to be able to promote an interest in STEM subjects and encourage children to consider future careers as scientists and engineers.”