British Science Week takes place from 6-15 March every year and focuses on celebrating science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for ten days and on 6 March it kicked off at our Longbridge campus with visiting students from Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School and Yardley School. The students all had an interest in some area of science and it also, jointly, celebrated International Women’s Day with only female students attending and having an inspirational woman in science talk to them to start the day.
Lucy Richardson currently works at the University of Birmingham as an Aimhigher Plus Project Officer and spends a lot of time talking to young people, trying to encourage them to engage in STEM subjects. Lucy spoke openly about being unsure of which path to follow from a young age having not got the AS Level results she needed to progress. Lucy originally wanted to be vet but joked about how she was so undecided at one point she considered studying Horology, which is the study of clocks, just because she couldn’t decide!
Lucy did eventually go on to choose to study Geology with Oceanography at Plymouth University and regularly volunteered and worked for science fairs and events, such as ‘The Big Bang’ which is a UK young scientists and engineers fair. Lucy told our students that she had “hated the field work” involved in her Geology course but she loved talking to others about science and this, along with all of her volunteering work is what led her to her current role.
The students then went on to take part in various workshops across the campus in different STEM areas, including learning all about fingerprints. They were able to take their own fingerprints, dust for prints and even learnt how to lift a fingerprint using Sellotape! They also looked at various fabrics underneath a microscope to see how the fibres look different and how a forensic investigator might use it as evidence for a crime.
To find out more about studying science with us visit www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/science.