Young scientists used skills to plan music festival

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YOUNG scientists put their skills into practice in an unusual way – by creating a music festival.

The Institute of Physics event, Ashfield Music Festival, which was organised by Sunderland College, asked teams of young eggheads from the city to create their own festival using their knowledge of sound, lighting, engineering and health and safety.

The event was organised to promote careers in physics and engineering.

Judging the student’s work at St Peter’s campus was chairman of the board of Sunderland University, Paul Callaghan.

“I was really impressed at the thought and creativity that went into the ideas for the music festival.

“The students’ knowledge of science and its different applications demonstrates the talent and quality of teaching here in Sunderland.

“They showed intelligence way beyond their years. I’m sure many of them will go on to make excellent scientists.”

Marianne Hill, curriculum lead for science, maths and psychology at Sunderland College, said: “The purpose of the event was to show pupils that science can lead to a range of varied careers. It is not all about working in a lab.”