Schools flock to Science and Technology Showcase

Some of the many and varied appliances of science have gone on show at the University of Plymouth.

More than 1,000 children and teachers from across the South West attended the eighth annual Science and Technology Showcase, held in the Rolle Marquee on the main campus.

It featured examples of world-leading research taking place at the University, in fields as diverse as chemistry, ocean science, robotics, computer game design and geology.

The aim of the event is to demonstrate to students how exciting STEM can be at A level and in higher education, and to raise their aspirations in science and technology subjects.

It also offered those attending – who came from primary and secondary schools across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset – an opportunity to talk with current undergraduate students, PhD students and academics about what it’s like to study and work in STEM.

Professor Kevin Jones, Executive Dean of Science and Engineering, said:

“Science and technology have the power to inspire, whether it is through a new invention or a way to enhance our understanding of the world around us. From computing to chemistry, marine science to mathematics and earth science to engineering, we have researchers who are constantly pushing the boundaries of knowledge in their subject area. This showcase has provided a fantastic opportunity for them to share their passion with what might be the next generation of outstanding scientists.”
Isobel Rossiter, Head of Student Recruitment and Admissions at the University, said:

“The Science and Technology Showcase has been a great success and over two days, we have hosted more than 1,000 children and teachers from local schools. It has really captured their imagination and given them a real taste of what the University, and a career in science and technology, could offer them for the future.”