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A royal salute for scientists across Blackpool

A royal salute for scientists across Blackpool

Students across the Fylde coast celebrated scientific achievement with a  special ‘royal’ guest.

Blackpool Sixth hosted the resort’s physical sciences awards evening, a celebration event which highlights the success of students from across Blackpool, specifically in the fields of chemistry and physics.

The ‘royal’ guest was speaker was scientist Sarah Jane Judge from the Royal Institution, who challenged the audience to think about the science all around them, from screaming jelly babies to sticky water.

As the Fylde Coast Ogden Trust partnership’s flagship event, the awards evening gives teachers, students and their families the opportunity to shout about science.

This year the awards evening was supported by two company sponsors – Victrex plc and BAE Systems.

Dr James Sherrington, senior technology manager at Victrex plc, spoke on the night about the need to attract the brightest scientific minds back to the local area.

Fiona Cayzer, the human factors lead for unmanned aircraft systems at BAE, spoke about the growing need in the UK for engineers and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) professionals in general. The students in the audience were definitely inspired to hear of the opportunities available to them if they pursue STEM careers.

After an evening of inspirational speakers, shiny trophies and an explosive lecture the audience left college in a buzz of conversation.

Cheryl Langley from Devonshire Primary Academy, said: “I was truly in my ‘element’ tonight! I was actually quite emotional hearing all the many different journeys the young scientists are travelling on and wondering what they’ll become.

“Our award-winner was enthralled throughout and both her and her family were so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be part of it all.”

The schools in the partnership range from primaries (Carleton Green Primary, Claremont Community Primary School, Devonshire Primary Academy, Moor Park Primary, and Unity Academy Blackpool) to secondaries and sixth forms (Baines School, Blackpool Aspire Academy, Fleetwood High School, Hodgson Academy, Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, Montgomery High School, St Mary’s Catholic Academy, and Blackpool Sixth Form College).