Chemistry day inspires Clitheroe students

Ribblesdale pupils enjoy learning at Blackburn College's STEM day
Ribblesdale pupils enjoy learning at Blackburn College's STEM day

Aspiring chemists from Ribblesdale High School in Clitheroe could experience what life is like for scientists when they took part in a “Chemistry at Work” day at Blackburn College.

Year 9 pupils joined three workshops where they were able to try out chemical techniques and experiments, as well as finding out more about careers in chemistry.

The event was aimed at giving pupils more information about the variety of opportunities for chemistry within employment.

The workshops included one about organic compounds run by Blackburn College and information on chemistry careers delivered by COGENT, the sector skills council for the chemical industries.

STEM Ambassadors from Johnson Matthey Chemicals in Clitheroe also delivered a workshop aimed at engaging students and developing employability skills.

The event was organised by STEMFirst, a Lancashire based STEM Consultancy which aims to inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths and link schools to industry, run in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry and COGENT.

Ruth Lynch, a science teacher at Ribblesdale said: “Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. The feedback from parents and the pupils themselves was all positive.

“The day provided pupils with the opportunity to try different chemical techniques and experiments.

“It also gave pupils the opportunity to look at processes they were familiar with and then design them on an industrial scale.

“Trips like this one provide opportunities to build self-esteem and confidence and provide pupils with a sense of the wider world.

“The discussions about career opportunities from ambassadors who actually do the job encourages further discussion about their own future careers and provides inspiration for the pupils.”