Harlow pupils celebrate National Science Week

Education: Secondary / Thu 16th Mar 2017 at 12:51pm


HUNDREDS of pupils in Harlow were given the opportunity to take part in interactive workshops carried out by Public Health England scientists as part of National British Science Week.

National British Science Week is an annual event encouraging people to hold events to involve people in scientific activities.

The sessions were held in partnership with Science Alive which is based at Harlow Leisurezone, and gave the chance for pupils to discover what life is like for a PHE microbiologist and to hear more about PHE’s plans to create a world-class Science Hub in Harlow.

Eight primary schools and three secondary schools took part, and PHE plan to hold a similar event later in the year.

Derren Ready, Clinical Scientist at PHE said: “Inspiring young people to consider a career in science is really important to us at Public Health England. I speak for all of the scientists who took part when I say that we thoroughly enjoyed meeting the pupils and look forward to working with more Harlow schools in the future.”

Dean Doyles, Phase Leader at Potter Street Academy said “The workshops were brilliant, interactive and greatly complemented the learning our pupils are doing in science through the National Curriculum.”

PHE plans to create a campus at the vacant GSK site at the Pinnacles, where it will relocate facilities from Porton in Wiltshire and Colindale in north London as well as its headquarters functions. The Science Hub, planned to be fully operational by 2024, will create a centre of excellence for research, health improvement and protection and bring together world-renowned scientists working to protect and improve the health of the nation.

PHE is hoping to submit a planning application for the campus in the summer. For up to date information about PHE’s plans visit www.gov.uk/phe/harlow

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