National science spectacular hitting the road
London’s internationally acclaimed Science Museum is set to blow minds across six Cumbrian schools next week in a temperature plummeting extravaganza.
Featuring its fabulously freezing Super Cool Show, the museum aims to court young scientists of the future.
The roadshows are being brought to the schools by University of Cumbria in a bid to encourage more students to study science to A-level and beyond.
Addressing shortages of science and engineering graduates in the county, Vice Chancellor Julie Mennell says jobs in these fields are set to grow at double the rate of other occupations in the coming years.
Aimed at captivating youngsters with a fantastical show of astonishing experiments, the Science Museum turns to liquid nitrogen for extraordinary special effects, including freezing bananas and inflating balloons at lighting speed.
Professor Mennell said: “We want our young people to know that they can study science subjects to a higher level on their doorstep without leaving the county.
“There is a widely acknowledged skills gap in Cumbria and demand for graduates with science related skills is rising.”
“Our focus as science higher education champion in the region is to open school children’s eyes to the possibilities available to them right here in Cumbria and to make the path to a science degree as smooth as possible.
“We have invested £3.5 million in new science laboratories and expanded our science portfolio to help meet the region’s needs, offering programmes that excite and enthuse pupils.”
Aimed at years 7, 8 and 9, the show is going to: Queen Elizabeth School Kirby Lonsdale, Queen Katherine School, Kendal, William Howard School, Brampton, Trinity School, Carlisle, Ullswater Community College, Penrith and Keswick School.
Since 2015, the university has expanded its science portfolio. It now offers programmes in biology, biomedical science, geography, zoology and applied chemistry that complement well-established courses of forensic and investigative science and animal conservation science.
The expansion of science programmes is replicated by an increase in student numbers which have grown to over 100 students studying science each year.
With help from the John Fisher Foundation, which supports educational projects in the region, the university is promoting science by supporting and nurturing people from diverse backgrounds to take up the subject.
It has also created an educational ‘ladder of opportunity’ with clear progression routes from further education to higher.
To find out more, see the science programmes the university offers.