February 23, 2007 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Newham Bridge Primary school will start National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) with a bang this year thanks to support from local industrial gas company Air Products.
On Monday 12th March, a team from Air Products will officially launch the initiative at the school with engineers attending the school to meet with teachers and pupils. They will provide not only a valuable introduction to the world of science, but will appeal to young imaginations and help create a real sense of occasion.
Newham Bridge Primary school’s focus for National Science Week is ‘Conservation & Renewable Energy’. Something Air Products knows a lot about as they supply the hydrogen for the fuel cells which will power the lighthouse at the mouth of the Tees Estuary; a traffic sign on Middlesbrough’s Transportation Bridge; and a vehicle-mounted traffic sign in Bristol.
A donation of ten data-logging devices will be presented to the school by Air Products. These hand-held mini computers, designed for outdoors, allow the children to record various data from the environment around them.
Pupils at the school will also benefit from classroom science chats with knowledgeable engineers, exciting competitions with a range of science related prizes and lots of other giveaways.
Amy Young, Teacher and Science Co-ordinator at the school said:
“Creating excitement around science and engineering is a great way to encourage more children to think about following careers in these fields when they get older. We are really pleased Air Products are willing to invest in the next generation of scientists that will hopefully benefit our region and the industry as a whole in the future.”
Jemma Hall, Facility Administrator at Wilton who has organised the event, said:
“Newham Bridge Primary does a wonderful job of nurturing their children and providing the best tools they can to build a bright future for every pupil. Extra funding helps provide wider opportunities. With Air Products help, it is hoped the children can pitch their aspirations higher, and become everything they can be – hopefully, in the world of science!”
Other events planned for this year include two class visits to Air Products site at Wilton, for a real insight into science and industry, and a school visit to the Newcastle Life Centre.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
Air Products in Wilton
Air Products employs 10 people at its Wilton site, located on the Invista Nylon Site. From this site Air Products produces hydrogen and carbon dioxide gas.
In addition to integrating with the community through local school, Newham Bridge Primary School, Air Products on Teesside has also been involved in a range of community support projects in the past, including the Billingham Folklore Festival and Great North Air Ambulance.
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