Science competition inspires future generation

School children and Professor Jim Wild

More than 130 Year nine pupils from eleven local schools visited Lancaster University to take part in the annual STEM Challenge Day.

Wednesday 27th March saw teams of young people take part in a series of science, technology, engineering and maths challenges, competing on behalf of their school.

The popular annual event aims to raise aspirations and inspire young people to look beyond the national curriculum.

Local pupils have the opportunity to visit a UK top ten University, take part in inspirational activities lead by researchers and meet with current undergraduate students. Researchers at the University spent many weeks designing fun and exciting challenges in their subject areas, which ranged from creating musical instruments from computers and fruit to taking part in a mathematics treasure hunt around the campus.

Professor Jim Wild, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Teaching in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster, said “It’s fantastic to be able to welcome the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technology experts to Lancaster University. The world is going to need their skills to address challenges such as climate change, food security and clean energy, and we’re privileged to be able to enthuse and excite talented students from schools across the region.”

Although each of the four challenges were won by different schools, the best overall performance was by Ripley St Thomas CofE Academy, who won book vouchers worth £250.

·        Ashton Community Science College

·        Carnforth High School

·        Central Lancaster High School

·        Chetwynde School

·        Kirkbie Kendal School

·        Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School

·        Ripley St Thomas School

·        St Aidan’s High School

·        St George’s School

·        The Lakes School

·        Ulverston Victoria High School

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