Our partnership with URENCO began in 2013 when we worked together to develop new CREST resources, bringing key components of URENCO’s Richie programme to primary school-aged students.

URENCO’s Richie programme is an international educational programme aimed at teaching children about energy topics in a fun and engaging way. The Richie programme is a core element of URENCO’s school and education outreach and a key component of URENCO’s sustainability approach.

Our partnership has also seen further engagement with Richie – the animated character who guides children through resources – through the creation of the annual Richie Lecture in 2014. This high-profile annual event allows the British Science Association and URENCO to inspire children at key stages of their development – during both primary school and secondary school – and further engage them with STEM activities.

In 2016 we launched a brand new CREST Discovery Award resource with URENCO, Enrich my classroom, which enables students to learn about a range of science, engineering and technology topics through group work, interactive activities and a challenge that asks them how they can enrich their experiences in classrooms of the future.

The 2016 Richie Lecture was given by BSA Honorary Fellow and broadcaster, actor and author, Dallas Campbell.

The CREST Awards are the UK’s largest national award scheme for project work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and aim to enrich students' interest in STEM subjects and careers.

2018 was a big milestone in our CREST partnership, as the programme opened its doors to international markets for the first time. Working closely with Dutch teachers and pupils, the BSA and URENCO ran pilots and training sessions with educators to gain feedback on how best to adapt the resource for Dutch schools.  

The programme’s introduction to the international stage was a success, encouraging the BSA and URENCO to develop ideas on how to replicate this process in Germany.