Celebrating British Science Week with local schools and eminent scientists

Students celebrated British Science Week at Wilberforce College.
School and College students celebrated British Science Week at Wilberforce College on 12th March, with a range of fascinating activities.

Around fifty Year 10 pupils from local secondary schools including Malet Lambert, Sirius Academy, Newland School for Girls and Winifred Holtby spent the day at Wilberforce College, on Thursday 12th March, in celebration of British Science Week.

A host of activities took place to enable aspiring scientists from all four local schools involved, and Wilberforce College’s own science students, to  delve deeper into the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and maths. 

Presentations from eminent research scientists included Dr Carol Hegarty, Senior Manager of Clinical Operations at Reckitt-Benckiser and Dr Chris Chase, Pathology Training Manager at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Hands-on water-based activities from Yorkshire Water and Hull-based ethical cleaning company Bio-D also engaged the students’ minds.

University of Hull STEM professionals also talked to the students with Dr David Benoit, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Physics and Astrochemistry and Dr Barbara Guinn, Reader in Biomedical Science lending their support to the day.

Wilberforce Science staff taught Masterclasses in their specialist subjects, and the ’Seeds of Change’ group, who promote environmentally friendly initiatives at the College, produced a vegetarian friendly lunch of hand-made, stone baked pizzas and freshly produced smoothies.

Dr Martin Walker, from the College’s Science Department, a British Science Association member, who master-minded the celebration said:” We’re delighted to bring both extremely experienced and aspiring scientists from our local community together in a celebration of all things STEM at Wilberforce College.  British Science is world leading and offers enquiring minds both great career possibilities and cutting edge research opportunities and that’s really worth celebrating!”

[Clare Shaw – Wilberforce College]