Thames Water a class act in schools

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Thames Water's education team have spent more than 140 hours already this year inspiring youngsters and introducing teachers to the business of water.

Liz Banks, the company's education co-ordinator, said: "January proved to be one of our busiest months.

"We've met almost 350 young people at events ranging from our 'Children and the Chocolate Factory' exercise, showing primary school children how an industrial water network works, to meeting GCSE and A-level students at careers events like Teen Tech and Destinations Expo."

For the team, the year began with three days spent at the Association of Science Education conference where they introduced delegates to Thames Water's education centres. They also visited careers events at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Windsor Racecourse.

"We have fabulous volunteers who supported the events with the education team," said Liz, "as well as our community partners who hosted the events."

Thames Water works with schools and community groups right across London and the Thames Valley, from delivering its award-winning Network Challenge game, which helps budding engineers understand how a water network operates, to speaking to youngsters about the science between water and waste treatment.

Education manager Paul Hampton said: "We also encourage pupils and teachers alike to save water and what can and can't be put into drains and toilets. Our education programme is key to our approach as a responsible business in the community."

Alongside the education team, Thames Water also has a dedicated group of more than 100 volunteer community speakers , ready to meet the growing demand for information about water from schools and other groups.

Over the last 12 months they have given more than 60 talks and engaged with almost 7,500 people.

Among the volunteers is Thames Water graduate trainee Catherine Smith who spoke to the 1st Knaphill Scout Group in Surrey earlier this month. In a tweet, the scouts said: "Catherine is brilliant – she absolutely had our Beaver Scouts engrossed in waste water processing… what a fantastic asset she is to Thames Water – the best outside speaker we have had in a long while."
Said Catherine: "I had a fantastic time with the Beavers and it's good to know we can make a real impact by championing education."

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