Professor Brian Cox is coming to Rotherham to inspire our aspiring scientists and engineers

Professor Cox with young people
Professor Cox with young people

Professor Cox is an advocate of many things – including the need to pave the way for our future generations of scientists and engineers. But we need to change how we approach science eduacation.

To start this change he created a partnership with Lord Andrew Mawson creating the St Paul’s Way School Science Summer School. The programme has been running for nine years and mixes the best of the STEAM subject – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths – through TED style talks from industry and academic leaders, discussions and hands-on experiments.

This summer, Well Rotherham in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Council, Sheffield, City Council, Harworth Group PLc and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) were lucky enough to support 23 young people on a three-day trip to London to take part in the school. Well Rotherham is a project that is creating healthy communities by working with local people to inspire change.

Kris MacKay, Programme Manager for Well Rotherham said: “It was such a fantastic experience to be able to go to London. Watching these young people who are so passionate about the world of science start their journey as ambassadors was an incredible opportunity.

“Over the next year they’ll be working together to help us co-produce the satellite event. This will be happening in November 2020 and it will be such a joy and privilege to have Professor Brian Cox come and join us.” 

It was always the intention Professor Cox and Lord Mawson to create a northern satellite event and Rotherham has been chosen to pioneer the northern expansion.

The event takes place on the 11th November 2020 and offers the chance for young people, parents, educators, scientists and businesses to explore the future of STEAM in Rotherham.

Kris added: “This isn’t going to be a one-off event. Throughout the year we’ll be working with our partner schools Wath Academy, Maltby Academy and Wales High to organise activities and events that continue to inspire the students.”

If you’d like to support the event whether through financial support, delivering project activities or if you are a parent, school or young person who would like to get involved please email [email protected] or call 07493868057.

Published: 4th November 2019