Television presenter and leading physicist Professor Brian Cox will host a new Northern Ireland schools initiative aimed at inspiring the next generation of young scientists and innovators.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is hosting the first Northern Ireland Science School – Activate Your Curiosity, Making Sense of Science event, hosted by Professor Cox.
The Science School, aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists and innovators, will take place on November 24 in conjunction with leading educators and influencers from across science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
The Science School will help to activate the curiosity of up to 400 young people taking part through an inspiring mix of STEAM seminars, discussions, hands-on experiments and insights.
Professor Cox will also lead an evening panel session for students, parents and special guests from across Northern Ireland to hear more about the careers available to them.
“The coronavirus pandemic vividly illustrates the importance of understanding the natural world; a perfect definition of science,” Professor Cox said
“The solutions will come in the form of effective treatments and a vaccine. These will be found because of the understanding we have of viruses, genetics and our immune system built up over many years.
“A great deal of this knowledge was acquired by scientists who were simply curious about how Nature works. In that statement there is a lesson and a reason for hope.
“Curiosity is a powerful thing, and science is about harnessing curiosity and honing it into the best method we have for acquiring new knowledge and exploring the unknown.
“That’s what science is all about, and that’s why we need you to become the scientists of the future. I look forward to seeing you in Northern Ireland in November.”
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Maureen Morrow, said: “The council is delighted to be working with local businesses, schools, universities and partner organisations to bring this exciting opportunity to the borough.
“In addition to the Science School, the council is running a Junior STEM Ambassador Programme, which will enable young people aged 16 and 17 to develop their personal and technical skills to deliver short science-based workshops in primary schools, junior years of secondary schools and youth organisations.
“The STEM Ambassadors and pupils will receive a British Science Association CREST Award for their involvement.”