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University inspires future scientists
Young scientists of the future have been inspired at the University of Kent this summer.
Over 400 pupils from secondary schools across Kent took part in science, technology and engineering events at the Universitys Canterbury campus in June and July.
Directed and hosted by academics and postgraduates from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA), pupils enjoyed working alongside practising technologists and engineers while gaining invaluable hands-on experience.
Totally Ballistic gave Year 9 pupils the chance to use and relate different areas of science and technology (including ICT and Maths), experience teamwork and also appreciate how science might be portrayed on a TV news programme.
SPECTRA gave Year 10 pupils studying ICT and Physics the chance to use and relate different areas of science and technology through activities centring on the Electromagnetic Spectrum (part of the GCSE physics syllabus).
EDA also delivered two sessions of Science Extravaganza, giving students experience of practical digital media activities such as character facial animation and modelling a futuristic hover car.
Schools taking part in the events included: Brompton Academy, Dane Court Grammar, Dartford Grammar School, Highworth, Norton Knatchbull, St Edmunds and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School.
Professor Sarah Spurgeon, Head of EDA, commented: These events provide a valuable insight into the worlds of science and technology for young minds and encourage pupils to view science in a whole new way. We hope such pupils will become inspired to create the next generation of engineers and technologists.
Story published at 4:20pm 8 August 2012