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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-09-06

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Future scientists aim for the skies at Thornton Science Park

Becky Spurry, Anna Taylor, Charlotte Tims

THE scientists and engineers of the future have been honing their skills during a number of workshops at the University of Chester's Thornton Science Park.  Year 8 and 9 pupils from schools across the North West and beyond, as well as RAF cadets, learnt how to build (and successfully fly) a computer controlled airship. They also took part in a simulated cyber intelligence and digital forensics operation to bring cyber criminals to justice.

Charlotte Tims, Becky Spurry, Anna Taylor and Izzy Silverdale ? winners of best team during their STEM workshop at Thornton Science Park ? pictured with Flight Sergeant Mick Brooks (left) and Flying Officer Cameron-Johnson (right).

In total, over the last 2 months, 280 young people have participated in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) workshops organised by the University of Chester's Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Royal Air Force.

Among the schools taking part have been:-

►  Ercall Wood Technical College, Telford
►  Knutsford Academy, Knutsford
►  Merchant Taylors' Boys School, Crosby
►  Penketh High School, Warrington
►  Sir William Stanier Community School, Crewe
►  St John Plessington Catholic College, Bebington, Wirral
►  The Mosslands School, Wallasey
University Academy Warrington
►  Upton by Chester High School.

Year eight pupils from Mosslands School (who were runners up for the best team during their STEM workshop): Joseph Ryan, Joshua Pritchard and Finlay Joyce ? pictured with Flight Sergeant Mick Brooks (left) and Flying Officer Cameron-Johnson (right).

Angela Lupton, HE STEM Co-ordinator at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said:- "We always receive excellent feedback from our workshops and this series has been no exception. It is always a pleasure to see the inspiration and enjoyment that the pupils gain from these experiences. We would also like to thank the RAF for their help in making this possible. Throughout the year, we host a variety of free STEM events, designed to inspire young people and raise awareness of higher level study and future career opportunities in STEM industries. If you are interested in coming along, please keep a look out on our website"

Maddie Jenyons, Faith Jackson

Eve Bloomfield, Daisy Bolton


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