PRIESTLEY College celebrated British Science Week by joining a series of online lectures from leading scientists, academics and even a former Blue Peter presenter.
Students from all STEM subjects had something to ignite their passion during the national event, which also included activities in college.
“We have so many high achieving, talented scientists and engineers studying at Priestley so it was great to be a part of British Science Week and all the opportunities that offered,” said STEM coordinator Shahida Khanam.
British Science Week’s theme in 2022 was ‘Growth’ as well as ‘smashing stereotypes’ and lectures covered topics as varied as ‘does climate change cause war?’ to science and creativity as well as role models.
Students tuned into virtual talks by many experts including former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq who ran a STEM reading workshop.
Doctor Tim Gabriel, a senior lecturer in Chemical Science, gave a talk in one of the Priestley College laboratories which included advice on securing university places.
One of the main activities Priestley students were involved with, however, involved inspiring others.
They worked with the Latchford community group to present experiments along the theme of ‘Growth’ that would spark the imaginations of a new generation.
Among those who took part were Maisy Berry, Joshua Ralte and Rachael Jones who used mentos and coke to demonstrate a chemical reaction in their online presentation.
“I hope we have somewhat placed a seed of curiosity in the minds of the kids about the sciences,” said former Penketh High pupil Joshua.
For Rachael, who previously studied at The Grange Academy, it was fun seeing their planning come to fruition and the enjoyment families got from watching their presentation.
“The project will also provide me with beneficial experiences that I can include on my personal statement for university applications,” said Rachael, who is hoping to go on to study children’s nursing.
Caption: Doctor Tim Gabriel visited Priestley College as part of British Science Week.