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Pupils to experience world-leading Science and Technology at Lancaster

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Students from Parswood High School at last years event, working on electronic systems in a workshop run by Engineering Students from Parswood High School at last years event, working on electronic systems in a workshop run by Engineering

More than 180 students from schools across the region will be at Lancaster University on Thursday 1 July for a Science and Technology taster day.

The year 12s will be meeting scientists, attending lectures and getting hands on in sessions across campus designed to give students a flavour of some of the current research and teaching happening at Lancaster.

One of the most popular sessions looks set to be a DNA 'who done it' taster session in Biology. The students will be analysing cheek swabs from a fictional murder enquiry and trying to work out which suspect committed the crime.

Other sessions include:

  • Mobile phone development in Communication Systems
  • Strategy and decision making in Maths and Stats
  • A visit to 'fridges' which cool to a temperature below -272°C in Physics (the top ranked Physics department in the country)
  • An introduction to glaciers in Geography; modern motor racing car design in Engineering
  • Learning about volcanic eruptions in Environmental Science
  • Hearing about the role of the Psychologist in a criminal trial in Psychology

Schools taking part in the sixth annual year 12 Science and Technology taster day are: Heysham High School, Lancaster Girls Grammar School, Morecambe High School, Runshaw College (Lancashire); Dallam School, St Bennedicts Sixth Form, Barrow Sixth Form (Cumbria); King George V College, Southport and Parrs Wood Technology College, Manchester.

Science Partnership Officer Dr Alan Darragh said: "Lancaster is world leading in many areas of Science and Technology and is currently ranked in the top ten in the country by the Times, the Guardian and the Independent.

"We want students in our region to have the opportunity to meet the people working at the forefront of important developments which are shaping the world around us from particle physics experiments to mobile phone design.

"We hope the taster day will stimulate their interest and for some lead to a future career in this exciting area."

Wed 23 June 2010

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