Northampton Academy was very pleased to be asked to host a Science Symposium with Oxford International Biomedical Centre (OIBC).
The event took place on 23rd June, welcoming United Learning Year 10 and 12 students from Kettering Buccleuch and Swindon Academy to join Year 10 Northampton Academy students.
OIBC are running a number of 'Scientist in School' programmes with the aim of promoting science subjects to pre A level groups and inviting leading scientists to engage directly with students.
They have identified that while more young people are entering university, few are opting for Science, leading to a shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) graduates.
At Northampton Academy the theme of the day was 'Alternative Energy'. The President of the OIBC, Charles Pasternak opened the Symposium with Dennis Loveday from Loughborough University leading the first presentation on tackling climate change within the home.
Chris Warwick from Culham Centre for Fusion Energy discussed Fusion power and the final guest speaker was Alex Clarke from ABSL Space Products at Culham Science Centre, world leaders in providing lithium-iron batteries for satellites and space applications.
Throughout the day students had the opportunity to break out into groups to discuss presentations and prepare questions for the Scientists.
Students had an interesting day and working with students from other Academies provided an opportunity for discussion and sharing of ideas. Northampton Academy would like to thank OIBC for organising a great event and to all the guest speakers who attended the day.