Inspiring schoolchildren to be scientists

Inspiring schoolchildren to be scientists

Our STEM Ambassadors were out in Sheffield, UK recently bringing science to life at a local school.

Adam Barstow, QC Chemist and Jason Hutson, QC Lab Supervisor, both from our Rotherham site, visited Watercliffe Meadow school to give an insight into the world of science.
Adam said of his visit: “When I was 10 years old Helen Sharman visited our school. She is a British chemist who became the first British astronaut. When I got home from school that day I asked my mum if I could be as smart as Helen Sharman and she said that if I worked hard and studied then yes, I can be whatever I wanted to be. I think that is what first inspired me to want to work in science and I wanted to let those 10 year olds know that it’s never too early to think about what you want to do. Being a STEM Ambassador gives me the opportunity to bring science to life for children of all ages. I just hope that I ignite their interest in the subject as Helen did with me.”

He added: “I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the school. The kids were fantastic and asked some really great questions with one student asking me if Jason was a nice boss! To be honest I didn’t really know what to expect when I arrived or what reaction I would get to the presentation and experiments we did. But I had nothing to worry about, the school made me feel really welcome and the children were really engaged.”

Emma Wells, one of the Year 5 teachers, said of the visit: “Adam was brilliant and the children really enjoyed it. I thought his pitch was really good and we would love to have him in again. I have to say when I organised it with Jason, who is one of school governors, I really didn't expect it to enthuse all of the kids in the way that it did! I thought it might go over a lot of their heads but Adam really made sure it didn't. Thanks for sorting it Jason!”

Gemma Eden, Year 5 teacher added: “It was pitched and linked a way that the children really understood it and had them all involved. Particularly getting some of them up, and the photos of things they could relate too. My class were in awe and went on about it for ages afterwards.”