More than 1,500 children visited Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent over two days for the 2017 East Kent Science Jam.

East Kent Science Jamboree inspires the next generation 7 June, 2017

Discovery Park hosted the annual East Kent Science Jamboree for the fifth year running, bringing together science companies and engineers with a single aim – to inspire the next generation of scientists.

This ever popular and inspirational educational science event brought 1,500 children aged 10-11 together from over 50 Kent primary schools from across Thanet and Dover districts.

The Year 6 youngsters took part in hands on science experiments designed to spark a love of science subjects and complement their classroom teaching experience by bringing science to life.

In addition, the students enjoyed a live science show presented by John Coad from Kent Festival Of Science, demonstrating everything from Galileo dropping things and rocks from space to singing dinosaurs.

Discovery Park tenant collaboration

A host of Discovery Park tenants ran their own activities, including model railway brand leader Hornby and science companies including, Pfizer, Mylan and Peakdale Molecular, Unilabs and LGC.

Off- site companies included Siemens and Canterbury farmer, A Pearson Growers Ltd, showing the science of growing the perfect tomato, complete with a mini-hive of buzzing bees.

Engineering firm Siemens and The Historic Dockyard, Chatham also attended with the latter sparking delight from children as they found all about atoms and electrons courtesy of Doc Yard’s Hair-Raising Zone,

Kent and Medway STEM, East Kent College and Canterbury Christ Church University also presented fun workshops, with university students passing on their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to a younger generation.

Pfizer, Mylan and Discovery Park sponsored this year’s East Kent Jamboree together with The Royal Society of Chemistry which supported the event as part of their Chemistry at Work programme.

1,500 future scientists?

Kimberley Anderson, corporate relations manager at Discovery Park, said:

“This is the fifth year we’ve hosted East Kent Science Jamboree with 1,500 children from schools across Thanet and Dover enjoying a fantastic introduction to science delivered by businesses – both on and off site-  all linked by one aim – to inspire the next generation.

“Thanks to all our sponsors and those businesses which helped to make this event a key part of the school curriculum, supporting the work of Kent and Medway STEM, in showing young people just how amazing science can be.”

John Coad, from Kent Festival of Science, which organises the annual event, said: “Hundreds of children will have left the Science Jamboree over the two days enthused and excited by science.

“Many of them, we hope, will go on to pursue a career in science and help continue the amazing work being done at places like Discovery Park.”