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Science event is a big success

Nathan McCully, 17, Beth Ritchie, 16, Professor John Kilcoyne and Jake Chansuwan, 17

Student from across the city enjoyed an afternoon of extraordinary experiments and crime scene analysis last week at the third annual Big Science Event held at Sunderland College.

Scores of young people gathered to watch live experiments and talk to staff from universities and the college across the North East, to show young people the career options available to them if they choose to pursue a career in science.

The event is delivered in partnership with Teesside, Durham, Northumbria University, Newcastle and Sunderland universities to give young people an insight into what courses they can study at both A-Level and as part of higher education qualifications, welcomed many of the region’s leading experts to speak to students.

Nathan McCully, 17, who previously studied at Seaham School, attended the event to find out more about a career in science. 

He said: “I really enjoyed the event.  It was a great opportunity to see what career options are available in science, meet the experts and find out what courses are on offer as well as watch live demonstrations and take part in activities.”

Among the experts who attended the event was University of Sunderland’s Professor John Kilcoyne, famous for appearing on Sky One’s TV series Brainiac, who conducted live chemistry experiments for students to watch.

Student Beth Ritchie, 17, went to the event to find out what courses are on offer from universities in the region and said she particularly enjoyed the experiments. 

She said: “I wanted to see where, as well as what subject I could potentially study when I complete my A-Levels.  The live demonstrations were really amazing and it was a pleasure to be able to meet so many inspiring experts.”

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