Essar was delighted to be the main sponsor of the 2021 Ellesmere Port STEAM festival, which was held at the National Waterways Museum in the town. Essar employees also participated in the event by running a number of workshop sessions which provided engaging and interactive activities to help inspire young minds.
The five day festival was organised by the Ignite Teaching School Alliance, who worked with a group of local schools in a mission to bring STEM subjects to life through interactive and fun workshops. The sessions also include art based activities - the A in STEAM.
In total, around 1,200 eight to eleven year olds were able to get hands-on with activities designed to engage minds across subjects in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths. Over a dozen different organisations took part in the event, providing a rich mix of subjects delivered through practical and fun workshops for the year 5 and 6 school children present.
The Essar workshop focused on the topic of separation, and included activities that demonstrated filtration – cleaning dirty water through a variety of different types of filter materials - as well as a board that outlined the distillation process at Stanlow, and how it leads to the manufacture of different products for our customers.
These simple, yet effective activities proved popular with the children and teachers, and the exercise was a great opportunity for Essar employees to engage with local communities, explain the science involved, and inspire future generations.