Future scientists aim for the skies at Thornton Science Park.

Posted on 14th June 2017

The scientists and engineers of the future have been honing their skills during a number of workshops at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park.

Eve Bloomfield and Daisy Bolton from Knutsford Academy
Eve Bloomfield and Daisy Bolton from Knutsford Academy

Year 8 and 9 pupils from schools across the North West and beyond, as well as RAF cadets, learnt how to build (and successfully fly) a computer controlled airship. They also took part in a simulated cyber-intelligence and digital forensics operation to bring cyber-criminals to justice. 

In total, over the last two months, 280 young people have participated in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) workshops organised by the University of Chester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Royal Air Force. 

Among the schools taking part have been: 

  • Ercall Wood Technical College, Telford
  • Knutsford Academy, Knutsford
  • Merchant Taylors’ Boys School, Crosby
  • Penketh High School, Warrington
  • Sir William Stanier Community School, Crewe
  • St John Plessington Catholic College, Bebington, Wirral
  • The Mosslands School, Wallasey
  • University Academy Warrington
  • Upton–by-Chester High School. 

The RAF cadets were from squadrons across the North West and Midlands. 

Angela Lupton, HE STEM Co-ordinator at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “We always receive excellent feedback from our workshops and this series has been no exception. It is always a pleasure to see the inspiration and enjoyment that the pupils gain from these experiences. We would also like to thank the RAF for their help in making this possible.

“Throughout the year, we host a variety of free STEM events, designed to inspire young people and raise awareness of higher level study and future career opportunities in STEM industries. If you are interested in coming along, please keep a look out on our website