Fusion Yorkshire invited children and adults from the Goole area on a virtual space voyage to the Sun with a Fusion Yorkshire summer open evening at The Junction Theatre in Goole.
Fusion Yorkshire teamed up with the Physics and Engineering Outreach team from the University of York, as well as the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training, to provide children and adults alike with an exciting science roadshow.
Fun interactive activities included a virtual space voyage inside a giant inflatable indoor ‘sun dome’. This introduced visitors to the processes that occur inside the sun and how scientists are using the same processes to create fusion energy for electricity in the future.
Fusion Yorkshire wants Goole to be the home of a project to design and construct a prototype fusion energy plant in the UK. The project, called STEP, which is short for Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production, will showcase how a future fusion power station could be operated and maintained. Goole faced stiff competition from other locations across the UK and is now one of the final five potential locations for the STEP site. The Government’s decision on its chosen location will be announced in the Autumn.
Fusion Yorkshire’s summer open evening at The Junction Theatre was an opportunity for residents, business owners and budding space voyagers to drop in, have some fun and learn more about fusion energy. The Fusion Yorkshire team were there to answer questions about what STEP would mean for the local community (adults and children alike) as well as regional businesses, employment, and supply chain opportunities.