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Science and Technology Taster Day 2014

Visiting school pupils design bridges in the Engineering workshop Visiting school pupils design bridges in the Engineering workshop

160 year-twelve students from nine Northwest schools have visited Lancaster University to take part in Science and Technology at Lancaster's annual Taster Day.

The event is designed to give students the chance to experience what it's like to study a science or technology degree at a top UK institution, through meeting current students and lecturers, taking part in a campus tour and having a go at a variety of various departmental subjects.

Professor Gordon Blower, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching for Science and Technology, welcomed the students to Lancaster University, and detailed the different formats of sessions available, from lectures to practical sessions.

Sessions were available in all subjects across Science and Technology at Lancaster. This year there was a new session from Environmental Science, with students collecting tree leaves from around campus to and measure their magnetic properties and work out where particulate pollution is worst.

Others sessions included an interactive Psychology session, which explored Neuroscience, Developmental, Cognitive, and Social Psychology through hands-on activities and demonstrations designed to probe the inner workings of language, perception, reasoning, and action.

This was the tenth annual Science and Technology Taster Day. the event continues to be successful in encouraging year 12 students to study STEM related subjects.

Science tutor at Blackpool Sixth Form College, Jillian Seed, summed up the day: "A great day ? well organised, very informative and enjoyable".

Fri 18 July 2014