Bibby Scientific announced today that almost 250 school children attended a series of five scientific and engineering workshops at the company's manufacturing facilities in Staffordshire, UK, as part of British Science Week (13-22 March 2015). The students, aged 12-13 years old, were invited from local middle schools to participate in hands-on workshops that covered a range of applications, and were also provided with guided tours of Bibby's factory.
The five workshops focused on learning more about basic laboratory techniques, such as pH measurement, temperature control, and sample mixing and shaking, as well as discovering the latest approaches to analytical applications, including spectrophotometry, and food and DNA testing.
'Our British Science Week activities generated a very high level of excitement and energy from the students,' said Amy Rushton, Bibby Scientific Product Manager, Electrothermal. 'There was a fantastic buzz throughout our facilities, and we were greatly impressed by the engagement and concentration shown by the children.'
These British Science Week activities were part of Bibby Scientific's ongoing support programme with local schools, which has already resulted in Bibby donating refurbished science equipment and working with schools for beta-testing exciting new laboratory instruments such as Bibby's electric bunsen burners.
Robert Skehens, Marketing Director at Bibby Scientific, commented, 'We're committed to making science more accessible and available to labs worldwide. It's crucial that school children can be excited by science and we were delighted that so many students were inspired by our workshops and factory tours.'
The company also recently hosted a Year 5 pupil from Walton Priory Middle School, who undertook her Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school science project at the company to learn more about temperature and thermal sensors.