Lectures inspire young people to study science
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), which works with schools and universities to encourage the next generation of scientists and technologists, hosted a visit by American astronaut Al Sacco.
Schools from around the Tees Valley were invited to the Centre in December to hear from the NASA-trained astronaut, who flew in space shuttle Columbia in 1995.
Professor Sacco, a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the International Academy of Astronauts, conducted more than 200 experiments during the flight.
The CPI is committed to encouraging students to take an interest in science and recently sponsored a series of Christmas lectures on the Magic of Magnetism presented by the Science Learning Centre NorthEast.
Young people were given a taste for science at an event staged at The Wilton Centre.
The lecture was one of a series held across the North-East in November and December.
Sponsored and jointly organised between Merck Sharp & Dohme, the Centre for Process Innovation, NEPIC and Science Learning Centre North-East, the aim of the series was to inspire interest in science.
The talks were targeted at two groups of pupils, years 6 & 7 and years 11 & 12, and designed to help them realise that science is worthy of study and can offer career opportunities.
The lectures, also held in Blyth and Durham, attracted more than 300 children, who with their teachers watched a presentation by Mike Diprose and Mike Proctor, entitled ‘The Magic of Magnetism’.