Supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects is important to ensure we help to develop the next generation and increase awareness of STEM jobs. During July, CRA hosted school student Amy Bartholomew for a week’s work experience in our London office. STEM ambassador and CRA consultant Georgia Pawson mentored Amy throughout her week at CRA.
Amy undertook a task which looked at a commonly used technique in the Nuclear Industry, Best Available Technique (BATs), and applied it to a topical subject. With Plastic Free July and the momentum of the ‘Blue Planet Effect’ the broad scope, which she narrowed down through BAT, was to look at our company and individuals’ environmental footprint.
BAT takes one through several stages, from initially scoping to reporting, to reach a traceable outcome for what technique should be used to answer the scope. From the project Amy came up with some great ideas which we will be taking forward at CRA at both company and individual level.
Amy said she: “enjoyed researching the impacts of a lot of the materials on the environment as I was unaware that everyday items such as clothes and phones have such detrimental effects on humans, animals and the environment”. She also commented: “due to the increased focus on plastics instead of materials like paper, I had not really considered how swapping single use plastic items for paper and wood is not much of an improvement because of deforestation and the effects of cutting down trees on ecosystems and habitats. I realised that this was due to the media’s portrayal of plastic and the Blue Planet TV series.”
Amy’s work experience project was a great week, which involved all of the CRA office and resulted in interesting conversations and debates. Look out for our follow up article to see what we have taken forward as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities for 2018.