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A Level inspiration at Daresbury Laboratory

A Level students from the North West Science Network joined us on 27 March to discover first-hand the incredible science and engineering taking place here at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory.

Hosted in association with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the day was jam-packed with inspirational talks, tours and workshops, designed to explore scientific themes relating to their A-level specifications, and to provide the students with valuable experience of the world leading research and scientific facilities here on site.

A highlight of the day was a hands-on tour of the SuperSTEM laboratory and a live demonstration of atomic resolution imaging in one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes.  A session with industrial collaborator Hitachi, located here on the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus, covered some important applications of electron microscopes, and encouraged students to have a go with a benchtop scanning electron microscope.

A talk with industrial collaborator Hitachi, located here on the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus, explained how it is working closely with SuperSTEM and the value it can bring to their business.  This was followed by a tour of the Engineering Technology Centre where apprentices gave an overview on their experience working with particle accelerators and some of the high profile, international projects they are involved with.

The day concluded with an inspirational career talk and tour of the digital manufacturing and prototyping facilities here at Daresbury.  Here, pioneering entrepreneurs and start-up companies come to solve their engineering challenges in the development of exciting new products that can change our lives for the better.

Gemma Reed, Public Engagement Officer at Daresbury Laboratory, who organised the event, said: “The day was a superb opportunity for the students to get a real feel for the variety of fascinating work that goes on here on site, as well as an understanding of how multidisciplinary our science really is.  The opportunity to engage directly with the researchers and teams here has had a real positive impact on the students and I’m thrilled that we’ve already received enquiries about potential work experience as a result.”

Further information on the schools programme for STFC Daresbury Laboratory can be found at the website.


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Last updated: 03 April 2019

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