Discovery Park hosted the annual East Kent Science Jamboree for the sixth year running. The event brought together research companies, food experts and engineers to spark a love of science in all its forms among the next generation.
This inspirational educational science extravaganza – one of a calendar of STEM related activities that take place at Discovery Park each year. It brings around 1,500 primary aged children from across Thanet and Dover districts to the iconic Sandwich site. Some 50 schools were again represented over the two days.
For many it marked their first ever time visiting a science park; an experience that brings classroom lessons vividly to life, prompting a greater curiosity of the world around them.
Highlights this year included Kentish farmers Chandler and Dunn. Their workshop highlighted the amazing story of how food is grown and produced, getting across the importance of sustainability as the world’s human population continues to grow.
The live science show from Kent Festival of Science was as ever a huge hit. Year Six pupils were able to learn in an interactive way about the atmosphere we breathe, from gases in the air to why aeroplanes fly complete with a big bang finale.
A host of Discovery Park tenants ran their own activities. These included science companies including, Pfizer, Canterbury Christ Church University and LGC.
Activities ranged from discovering the secret code of life using kiwi fruit; building structures capable of supporting celebrities to mini monster biology whodunnits, investigating thermoregulation and identifying chromosomes.
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.
Kimberley Anderson, CSR and community manager at Discovery Park, said:
“This is the sixth 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.
“At Discovery Park, we don’t just work to make today a success. We’re always looking to tomorrow. Education is a vital part of that, with our aim always to spark a love of science to last a lifetime.
“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.”