At the event in March 2017 over 900 budding scientists gathered at Durham University to participate in Durhams’ School Science Festival. The students, from schools throughout the North East have been introduced to ground-breaking science by academic staff and post graduate researchers at The BioSciences Centre at Durham. The three day event has been organised by Dr Lorraine Coghill and Dr Pete Edwards who head up outreach science projects at the University.
Dr Edwards said “Our aim is to introduce young people to the possibilities of a career in science, to let them see the breadth of opportunities that can grow from this area of study”. Gary Chaplin, Business Durhams’ Enterprise Development
Manager, is responsible for outreach programmes at NETPark said “We help fund events like this to provide young people with the foundation that they need to go on and study science subjects at a high level which makes them ready to work in the new industries that are growing on the NETPark site and throughout the County.
Students were able to participate in experiments in a wide range of disciplines. Students from Woodham Academy were investigating Smart Polymers and the properties of thermo-softening plastics as well as learning about cross linked polymers.
Meanwhile students from Framwellgate Moor were discovering the secrets of astro physics by building their own models of galaxies and taking a virtual trip through the universe using a state of the art computer simulation.
A team from the music science department presented their investigations into synchronisation in both the musical and the natural world. Pupils took part in experiments which are designed to test the limits of human synchronisation and
learned how this innate ability affects everyone in their daily life.
The three day festival came to a close on Thursday the 30th March 2017 but the work continues in schools throughout County Durham and beyond.