School pupils given lesson in the appliance of science at Leeds Beckett University

Sowerby Bridge High School pupils.

Sowerby Bridge High School pupils.

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PUPILS HAVE been given an introduction to studying genetics, germs and operating drones during a session aimed at showcasing a university’s courses in science, technology and engineering.

Young people from eight schools across Yorkshire visited Leeds Beckett University to take part in a series of ten science-based activities, each taking 15 minutes.

Allerton High School pupils.

Allerton High School pupils.

Other topics pupils were introduced to at the Science Circus event included 3D printing, locking mechanisms. music technology and how noise is measured.

Helen Bradley, work experience advisor at Belle Vue Girls’ School, in Bradford, which took part, said: “For our girls the Science circus event is about getting them to consider things that they might never have considered doing. One of our pupils might do something at the university that might then inspire her.

“I’ve seen this over the years where pupils have come on an event like this and that’s made them decide what they want to do and where they want to go. Our pupils might not have considered previously that all of the varied subjects at the event were sciences, or might not have even known that they existed.”

Yvonne Rayner, the university’s widening participation projects officer at said: “We have been running the Science Circus each year since 2012 and it is has consistently proved very popular and opened minds to the possibility of further study. We aim to offer a flavour of the exciting content of some of our science and technology-based courses through activities which are fun, interactive and informative.”

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