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Future scientists make sweet music

Young scientists have put their skills in to practice in an unusual way by creating a music festival.

The Institute of Physics event, organised by Sunderland College and called the ‘Ashfield Music Festival’, asked teams of young scientists from the city to create their own music festival using their knowledge of sound, lighting, engineering and health and safety.

The event was organised to promote careers in physics and engineering and demonstrate that scientists are involved in even the most unusual settings.

Judging the student’s work was chairman of One North East and chairman of the board of Sunderland University, Paul Callaghan.

At the event which took place at Sunderland College’s St Peter’s campus on Tuesday (June 26) Paul said: “I’ve been really impressed at the thought and creativity that’s gone into the ideas for the music festival.

“The students’ knowledge of science and its different applications demonstrates the talent and quality of teaching here in Sunderland.

“They showed intelligence way beyond their years and I’m sure many of them will go on to make excellent scientists.”

Organising the event was Marianne Hill, curriculum lead for science, maths and psychology at Sunderland College. She said: “The purpose of the event was to show pupils that science can lead to a range of varied careers, it is not all about working in a lab!

“Science covers every part of our lives and there are so many job opportunities that require these skills.”

20 Sunderland College students headed up teams of young scientists aged between 14 and 16 from local schools. In total eight teams took part each submitting their own ideas for a festival.

Marianne said: “The day has been a huge success and I’m continually impressed by the skill and intelligence of young people here in the region.

“It’s a novel type of taster activity that gets youngsters into college to work with our current students and hopefully inspire them to study science at college.”

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