We are no longer students, we are energy ambassadors.

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That was the message from 90 students of six schools in Waveney today who were tasked to boost interest in science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) lessons and jobs in the energy sector.

Students from Benjamin Britten, Denes, Pakefield, Sir John Leman and Bungay High Schools and East Point Academy were given their new ambassadorial roles at the launch of the Schools Energy Network at the OrbisEnergy Centre in Lowestoft.

The £35,000 network will see the schools given money to support STEM activities, which could be invested in iPads and wind turbine kits.

Fifteen students from each school will also become energy ambassadors and throughout the next year they will visit businesses, colleges and universities to see engineering and science and energy courses and facilities.

The ambassadors will then report back to their fellow students and explain how to pursue a career in the energy sector.

The project, which is being supported by Magnox, which is involved with the Sizewell power plant, and Suffolk County Council.

It also involves Alde Valley School in Leiston, which has assumed the lead role in organising the Schools Energy Network.

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