3DW to deliver 12 STEM workshops across the North West
3DW is excited to announce it will be delivering 12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) focused workshops at schools across the North West, after being awarded funding from Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund.
In 2012, 3DW collaborated with Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, on its Walney Extension offshore wind farm project creating a 3D visualisation of the project. It was used at the company’s community consultation events to help people further understand the project.
Extending from this, 3DW applied to Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Skills Fund with a concept to deliver engaging, interactive workshops which will give an insight into the planning, development and construction of offshore wind farms.
The workshops, to be delivered at 12 schools in the North West region, will have a focus on the role STEM subjects have throughout the lifecycle of an offshore wind farm, as well as teaching pupils about a variety of employability skills.
The first workshop will be delivered at Ulverston Victoria High School on the 12th of March. The other schools that are involved are:
- Carnforth High School
- Chetwynde School
- Fleetwood High School
- Furness Academy
- Millom School
- Morecambe Community High School
- Rossall Independent Boarding School
- St Aidan’s Church of England High School
- Walney School
“We have worked with Ørsted on several offshore wind farms, using our 3D tools to help people to understand how they will look and work. We’re really pleased to now take this same VR technology into the classroom and to give pupils in the region an insight into the many different aspects of planning a wind farm in a uniquely fun and engaging way. We are very grateful to Ørsted for the funding, without them, this project wouldn’t exist. We are also able to buy equipment which will ensure we can run more education projects in the future and have a wider impact.”
Imran Nawaz, Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted, said:
“At Ørsted we want to make a positive impact in the communities and environments that we work in, which is why we have committed to invest £15 million in social and environmental projects throughout the 25-year lifetime of the Walney Extension project.
“We believe that we need to commit to our future workforce in the local area which is why investment in education, with a focus on STEM subjects, is part of our long-term strategy. The Skills Fund will provide learning opportunities for people within the Fund’s benefit area and help to improve skills and employment opportunities.”
For more information about the Walney Extension Community Fund, please click here. Details about this year’s Skills Fund will be announced soon.