Energising pupils to enjoy the appliance of science


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A MAJOR science festival is aiming to capture children’s imaginations during the May half-term.

Marketing Cheshire and The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre have this week launched ‘Amazed By Science’, the first pan-Cheshire Science Festival.

Siemens hare the main sponsor of the festival and commitment has also been made by several science and technology companies in the sub region including Urenco, National Nuclear Laboratories, Waters Corporation, Sellafield, Peel Energy, C-Tech, EA Technology and the Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership.

The festival takes place from May 24 to June 1 during the May half-term holiday and aims to capture the imagination of children and excite families about science in Cheshire.

The event programme will promote and celebrate science, technology and engineering throughout Cheshire and position the area as one of the UK foremost scientific areas, as home to a number of world class science organisations.

Finbarr Dowling, managing director at Siemens, said: “We see the ‘Amazed By Science’ Festival as a novel way of promoting science, technology, engineering and maths and encouraging young people to consider a career in engineering.

“We are proud of our ‘Made in Britain’ status and equally proud of our ‘Made in Cheshire’ status.

“We hope this festival will make a contribution to enhancing the UK and Cheshire as a superb place to research, design and manufacture all manner of wonderful products”

The event team has engaged  Laura Drane, a founding director of the Manchester Science Festival, to create a public event programme that will grow year-on-year.

Jodrell Bank director Teresa Anderson said: “We aim to increase interest and engagement in science for the general public and to increase its relevance to our everyday lives. We hope this will inspire young people to pursue science at school and to consider a career in this field.

“Cheshire is one of the UK’s foremost scientific areas with a rich heritage of past achievements, as well as a huge amount of science-based business and world leading research. The festival is a wonderful way to showcase this.”

Venues committed to the festival include Chester Cathedral, Jodrell Bank, Daresbury Science Park, Delamere Forest, Chester Zoo, Macclesfield Silk Museum, Reaseheath Agricultural College, Tatton Park and the Hack Green Nuclear Bunker.

Highlights announced at the launch include a week of science shows for families that will showcase Cheshire Science, plus a chance, every day, to meet an astronomer in your lunch time with a different one each day in a ‘Meet the Expert’ session as well as one of the prestigious Lovell Lecture series happening on the evening of Thursday May 29.

Other events scheduled so far include a family day at Reaseheath College near Nantwich on Sunday May 18, hands-on demos at libraries across the county as well as events and activities focused on the vital plight of bees and the fight to save them from extinction.

For more information about the festival, go to contact@ amazedbyscience.com or and to sign up to alerts go directly to the website at www.amazedby science.com
You can tweet us @amazedbyscience and use our hashtags #cheshirescience

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