Discovery Park hosted the annual East Kent Science Jamboree for the fourth year running this week, with some of the region’s largest and most influential companies hosting workshops to inspire the next generation of scientists.
The popular educational science event brought around 2,000 children aged 10-11 from over 50 Kent primary schools to the fun education event on 8 and 9 June.
The Year 6 children took part in bite-size workshops and experiments, designed to spark an interest in science subjects and complement their curriculum, with a plant version of Cluedo among the activities taking place.
A host of Discovery Park tenants ran their own activities, including model railway brand leader Hornby and large science companies including, Pfizer, Mylan and Peakdale Molecular.
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, 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, corporate relations manager at Discovery Park, said:
“Events like the East Kent Jamboree encourage young people to come away with an interest and passion for STEM subjects and what better place to inspire future scientists than here at Discovery Park, where they can fully immerse themselves in the world of science.”
Tommy Dolan, Site Head, Pfizer, Sandwich, said: “Pfizer is delighted to once again be a sponsor of the East Kent Science Jamboree at Discovery Park. We are proud that our scientists and others on site are able to offer local school children the opportunity to experience the excitement of science.
“The Science Jamboree is designed to inspire children so they are encouraged to study science during their secondary education. They are the potential scientists of the future and without them Pfizer and the pharmaceutical industry would not be able to continue with the work of discovering and developing medicines for patients the world over.”
John Coad, from Kent Festival of Science, which organises the annual event, said:
“Hundreds of children will have left the Science Jamboree enthused and excited by science.”
“If only a small number of them recognise more clearly that science is all around us and is vitally important, we will have more young scientists pursuing a career in science and continuing the amazing work being done at places like Discovery Park.”