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Durham University welcomes tomorrow’s scientists

(31 March 2011)

School pupils have a chance to be the next generation of scientists as Durham University welcomes local schools to its laboratories.

Experts from the University's science departments are running a range of hands-on activities for pupils, including a chance to help build a wind turbine, as part of the annual Durham Science Festival, Tuesday March 29th, Wednesday March 30th and Thursday March 31st.

Working in teams of four, pupils will engage with a range of interactive exhibits with the help of University science lecturers and postgraduate research students.

The exhibits include Psychology: The World's an Illusion, where pupils will use perspective altering goggles to explain the ways in which we see the world and how this affects our behaviour. Pupils can also observe the amazing properties and effects of substances like liquid nitrogen.

The Departments taking part include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering and Computing Sciences, Physics, Maths, Psychology and Earth Sciences.

Each year the University opens its laboratory doors to the 13-15 year-olds of Years 9 and 10 at schools and colleges in County Durham and neighbouring education authorities.

Paula Martin, Durham University's Science Outreach Co-ordinator, said: "We want to give the students a practical chance to widen their understanding and appreciation of science and technology.

"These activities will give them the opportunity to think more about the world around them and boost their confidence in their problem-solving abilities."

The activities are all taking place at the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, on Durham University's Science Site, Stockton Road, Durham.

The Festival, Durham's regular follow-up to National Science Week, has been running since 1995. Since then more than 12,000 teenagers have sampled its activities and many have gone on to pursue degrees in science.

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