Big Science event ignites young minds in Sunderland

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SCIENTISTS helped spark the imaginations of young people across the city.

Scores of students took part in an afternoon of extraordinary experiments and crime scene analysis at the third annual Big Science Event held at Sunderland College.

The teenagers were able to watch experiments and talk to staff from universities and the college to learn more about the job options available if they choose a career in science.

The college, which delivers the event in partnership with Teesside, Durham, Northumumbria, Newcastle and Sunderland universities, aims to give young people an insight into what courses they can study at A-Level and as part of higher education qualifications.

They welcomed many of the region’s leading experts along to speak to the students.

Nathan McCully, 17, who previously studied at Seaham School and attended the event to find out more about a career in science, said: “I really enjoyed the event. It was a great opportunity to see what career options are available in science, meet the experts and find out what courses are on offer.”

Among the experts who attended was University of Sunderland’s Professor John Kilcoyne, famous for appearing on Sky One’s TV series Brainiac, who conducted chemistry experiments for students to watch.

Beth Ritchie, 17, who attends Sunderland College, who was looking for university courses, particularly enjoyed the experiments.

She said: “I wanted to see where, as well as what subject I could potentially study when I complete my A-Levels. The live demonstrations were really amazing and it was a pleasure to be able to meet so many inspiring experts.”

The event was aimed at pupils in Years 10 and 11 attending secondary schools across the North East, as well as sixth form students.