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Website launched to engage young people in energy

 

 

OurFuture.Energy has launched to engage 11-16 year olds across the United Kingdom in a debate on our future energy supply.

The new interactive website will introduce the science behind critical issues including how our demand for energy can be met reliably, at an acceptable economic and environmental cost. 

With the support of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), the site will feature interactive games and quizzes, animations and videos, as well as current news stories will give young people an engaging and immersive digital experience. 

Users will learn more about energy sources such as oil and gas, nuclear and renewable power so they can form their own opinion on the energy mix. Young people, parents and teachers will also be able to access authoritative and credible information based on scientific evidence for homework, projects and to find out the science behind the headlines. 

Visitors to the site will hear from people working in the industry, get back to basics to discover how things work and voice their opinion in debates. Featured topics include the sustainability of clothes in ‘How Green Is Your Outfit’, and striving to reach equilibrium in ‘Balancing Our Energy Future.’ 

OurFuture.Energy will encourage young people to pursue an exciting and rewarding career in the energy sector by nurturing an interest in the core science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. An informed society and skilled workforce is vital for the UK to confront the challenges we face to deliver a secure, affordable and cleaner energy future. 

Business Minister Anna Soubry said: “This new website is an excellent way to reach children about balancing energy security, the environment and what’s affordable, and they will hopefully go on to pick science and maths subjects before going into a rewarding career in the energy sector.”

Partnered organisations include oil and gas industry skills organisation OPITO, not-for-profit renewable energy trade association RenewableUK, manufacturer of enriched uranium for the nuclear power utilities URENCO and the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry UKOOG. 

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