Pupils pick up the science bug

'Sheffield pupils get to grips with chemistry by making model polymer chains at Shefield University
'Sheffield pupils get to grips with chemistry by making model polymer chains at Shefield University

NINETY Year 9 pupils from the region were given a taste of the scientific world at the University of Sheffield.

They joined academics and students in workshops on chemistry and microbiology, learning a technique for preventing contamination of wounds, preparing cultures of microbes to determine the causes of diseases and researching cases of infection.

Dr Jim Gilmour, of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, said: “Working with local schoolchildren to give them a taste of what science has to offer is both rewarding and essential.

“Hopefully we can open children’s eyes to how science relates to the world around them and help them to see that an exciting career in science is within their grasp in the future.”

The event was part of the university’s Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme, which aims to encourage students from all backgrounds to consider a career in medicine.

Schools taking part included Birley Community College, Ecclesfield, Eckington, Fir Vale, Handsworth Grange Community College, Hinde House, King Ecgbert, King Edward VII, Meadowhead, Springs Academy, Silverdale and Tapton.