Thousands of children get science wow factor at East Kent Science Jam

Posted on 14/06/16

Discovery Park hosted the annual East Kent Science Jamboree for the fourth year running, hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists.

This popular and exciting educational science event brought 2,000 children aged 10-11 from over 50 Kent primary schools from across Thanet and Dover districts.

The Year 6 children took part in hands on science experiments designed to spark a love of science subjects and complement their classroom teaching experience by bringing science to life.

In addition the students enjoyed a live science show presented by John Coad from Kent Festival Of Science, explaining chemical elements in the most fun way possible.

A host of Discovery Park tenants ran their own activities, including model railway brand leader Hornby and science companies including, Pfizer, Mylan and Peakdale Molecular. Unilabs and LGC. Off site companies such as Canterbury tomato grower, A Pearson and Sons were also involved.

Kent and Medway STEM, East Kent College and Canterbury Christ Church University also presented fun workshops with university students passing on their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to a younger generation.

Pfizer, Mylan and Discovery Park sponsored this year’s East Kent Jamboree together with The Royal Society of Chemistry which supported the event as part of their Chemistry at Work programme.

Kimberley Anderson, corporate relations manager at Discovery Park, said:“Events like the East Kent Jamboree can spark a love and interest in science that can last a lifetime.

“The young people will have come away with an interest and passion for STEM subjects and one day maybe a career here at Discovery Park, where they can fully immerse themselves in the world of science.”

Sue Chandler, Chairman of Dover District Council, The Deputy Mayor of Sandwich Town Council, Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing, Cabinet member for Regeneration and Enterprise Services, Thanet District Council and Michael Northey, Deputy Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform at Kent County Council were among the VIPs given a tour of activities taking place across the site.

Tommy Dolan, Site Head, Pfizer, Sandwich, said: “Pfizer is delighted to once again be a sponsor of the East Kent Science Jamboree at Discovery Park. We are proud that our scientists and others on site are able to offer local school children the opportunity to experience the excitement of science.

“The Science Jamboree is designed to inspire children so they are encouraged to study science during their secondary education.

“They are the potential scientists of the future and without them Pfizer and the pharmaceutical industry would not be able to continue with the work of discovering and developing medicines for patients the world over.”

John Coad, from Kent Festival of Science, which organises the annual event, said: “Hundreds of children will have left the Science Jamboree enthused and excited by science.

“If only a small number of them recognise more clearly that science is all around us and is vitally important, we will have more young scientists pursuing a career in science and continuing the amazing work being done at places like Discovery Park.”

“The interaction of young people with the children was a wonderful idea, the smiles on the faces of the youngsters said more than any words could do.”

Veronica Lioté, Deputy Mayor of Sandwich, said: “I don’t know who was more fascinated, us or the children.

“We could see how much hard work had gone into the event and how well organised it was. I am sure it will make a lasting impression on the children.”

Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Enterprise Services, Thanet District Council, said: “The team are doing great work and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

“Had I had this opportunity as a child I certainly would have ended up with a science career.”

Michael Northey, Deputy Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform for Kent County Council said: “It was a pleasure and it was great to see so many children enjoying their learning and doing so well. We certainly strongly support and wish all the best for Discovery Park.”

Cllr Sue Chandler, Chairman of the Council for Dover District Council, said:

“As always it was a brilliant morning, to see the children so excited by practical science is fantastic. I was particularly impressed to see the session that showed them about their own fitness and health.

“It was also great to see a local tomato grower taking part, the science of food production is going to be so important to today’s children in the future.

“Well done to everyone involved in the organisation and presenting, especially the younger presenters who added so much enthusiasm of their own.”

Robin Martin, Museum Director at Defence of the Nation Museum, in Ramsgate, said: “Incredible, amazing, mind-blowing, inspirational, fun and educational are words which spring to mind to describe the fantastic experience.

“The interaction of young people with the children was a wonderful idea, the smiles on the faces of the youngsters said more than any words could do.”

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