* Bristol ChemLabS Schools Project Presentation at National Launch of the Shape the Future Campaign–28/11/05

Work produced as part of the ‘Climate in the Classroom Project’ by Rednock School students was presented to several hundred educators and industrialists at a launch of a campaign to stimulate interest in engineering.

Science students Laura Rodgers, Nichola Springer and Jennifer Pedrick, spent three hours with delegates, including the Industry Minister, Alun Michael MP, explaining how they used a carbon dioxide sensor as part of a school project link with postgraduate Steve Henshaw and Dr Dudley Shallcross. The students were accompanied by ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow Tim Harrison. The original presentation by the students had made the British finals of the ‘Express Yourself’ science competition in September.

The three Post 16 students were invited by the BA to represent some of the work that the organization does with school students in support of science and technology. The Chief Executive of the BA, Sir Roland Jackson, was delighted that the students had given up their time to communicate their enthusiasm for science on their behalf.

As a result of their presentation the students were inundated with requests for them to visit schools to act as role models by presenting their work to other students. They were also invited by several industrialists to visit their plants.

The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Minister for Industry, joined Lord Browne of Madingley, the BP Chief Executive and Wendy Hall, the Academy Senior Vice President at London’s Science Museum on Monday 28 November 2005 to launch a campaign to promote engineering and technology to young people.

More information on this campaign can be found at: http://www.shapethefuture.org.uk/