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Lancashire pupils are inspired by science

21 December 2012

Lyndsey Boardman

Schools take on science and technology challenge at UCLan

Local schools have come together to test their scientific knowledge at an event hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). 

Year eight pupils from Accrington Academy, Baines High School, Central Lancaster High School, Garstang Academy, Hodgson Academy, Norden High School and Sports College and St Christopher’s C of E High School got hands on with science to make a model car, analyse fingerprints from a mock crime scene, build a robot and test out home-made paper bridges.

They joined together to take part in a Science and Technology Challenge Day held at the University and run by MCS Projects.  All of the schools were split into mixed teams to take on the tasks which focused on the practical application of science and technology.

“Events such as this inspire children and it’s something that local businesses should also get involved with. Connecting with the next generation of workers is vital and helps them to understand the importance of science in many different industries.”

The Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire, Ann Dean, came along to present the pupils with certificates. She said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young people who are enthusiastic about STEM subjects.

“Events such as this inspire children and it’s something that local businesses should also get involved with. Connecting with the next generation of workers is vital and helps them to understand the importance of science in many different industries.”

Vicki Oliver, Science Teacher at Garstang Academy, said: “The children have reacted enthusiastically to today’s challenges and have been able to apply what they have learned at school to the practical tasks. Experiences such as this broaden the pupils’ minds about science as well as encouraging them to work in teams with new people.”

"We’ve seen how science can be used in the real world and how fun and creative it can be."

Accrington Academy pupil 13-year-old Saffron Walsh commented: “It’s been good to get out of the classroom and work with students from other schools on practical challenges. We’ve seen how science can be used in the real world and how fun and creative it can be.”

Emily Robinson, 14, from Hodgson Academy in Poulton-Le-Fylde said: “It’s allowed us to see science in a more fun and creative way. I really enjoyed the forensics task where we dusted for fingerprints and analysed them.”

UCLan has already run several events this year designed to inspire young people to get more involved with science and technology.

Former Olympic cyclist Rob Hayles showed local schoolchildren what it takes to be an Olympic cyclist and the successful three-day Lancashire Science Festival drew over 5,000 visitors to the Preston campus earlier this summer.