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Inspiring school students in our science labs

(8 April 2019)

Over 800 secondary school students from across the North East tried hands-on science at our Schools’ Science Festival 2019.

Students aged 13 and 14 from 27 schools across the region visited our science labs across the free, three-day event, which ran from 2-4 April.

What was on offer?

Among the activities the school students tried were:

  • Making and refining miniature wind turbines;
  • Experiencing a simulated Universe using virtual reality headsets;
  • Testing their health and fitness with our sports science equipment;
  • Exploring light and colour;
  • Learning how to survive a volcanic eruption; and
  • Modelling particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider.

How did it go?

School students told us it was great, they thoroughly enjoyed it and the chemistry was “cool”.

Clare Atkinson, a teacher from Framwellgate School, Durham City, said: “Thanks to Durham University’s Schools’ Science Festival for a fantastic morning for our students. Excellent organisation and activities as ever!”

Inspiring science

The Schools’ Science Festival is part of our programme to stimulate interest in science and to encourage better understanding of the application science to our everyday lives.

It’s been running every year for over twenty years, and grows in popularity with local schools every time.

Sharing our expertise and facilities

Dr Pete Edwards, our Director of Science Outreach, said: “This year’s Schools’ Science Festival was fantastic. It was great to see so many young people exploring their passion for science in fun and enjoyable ways.

“We’ve got some great science teachers and great tools for teaching science here at the University, and we’re pleased to help local schools in this way.”

What’s next?

If you’d like to get involved in science at the University, why not try one of our Saturday Morning Science talks? They’re free and open to all. Click here for more information.

Further ahead, we run Celebrate Science, a three-day science festival, in a marquee on Palace Green each October half-term. Click here for more.