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Sellafield Stories

Use these curriculum-linked resources combined with a visit to the Beacon Museum to find out more about the Sellafield Story. Find out about the rich history of the Sellafield site, from its early days as a munitions factory and its role in supporting the development of a nuclear deterrent, through to the pioneering start of the UK’s civil nuclear industry, reprocessing and the decommissioning challenges that the site faces today.

The Force Factor

The concept of forces is one of the most fundamental ideas in science and is reflected in science education from an early age. Children don’t start learning about forces in school, of course, but as soon as they start to move. They learn, first-hand, how to use force to make themselves move and to stop moving. They learn that friction slows things down and that this is sometimes a good thing and sometimes a nuisance. They learn that everything falls to the ground unless prevented.