Young scientists are inspired to take up the challenge

Pupils from LRGS at the STEM challenge.
Pupils from LRGS at the STEM challenge.

Budding young scientists came together as part of British Science week to compete in scientific contests.

A total of 170 students from 14 schools across the region came to Lancaster University to compete in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) challenges.

Pupils from LRGS at the STEM challenge.

Pupils from LRGS at the STEM challenge.

Teams fromschools including Heysham High, Carnforth High, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Dallam School, Queen Katherine School, Queen Elizabeth School, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School and Morecambe Community High School were split into teams of three to compete in four challenges.

Students were put to the test making iodine clocks, building hologram-like projection stages using iPads, designing and firing bottle-rockets and making precision measurements.

A team from Keswick School was presented with the Simon Martindale shield, named in memory of a local science teacher from Morecambe High, and won £250 worth of new library books for the school.

Ros Malcolm, who helped to organise the event, said: “The competition gave students from across the north west a chance to share their enthusiasm for science and technology and meet researchers working here at Lancaster.

“We’ve had a fantastic day and have hopefully inspired more pupils to think about a future in STEM.”

Meanwhile, Cumbria based training provider Gen2 is reaching out to the next generation of nuclear workers by hosting a two-day STEM workshop at Lancaster University on April 9 and 10, from 10am until 3pm.

The purpose of the workshop is to showcase what the STEM and in particular the nuclear sector can offer.