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Science on the Move

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Lab in a Lorry, a mobile Science lab for young people which is currently touring the Norh-West, has made its way to Bolton School.  The Institute of Physics’ (IoP) project is aimed at encouraging positive attitudes towards science and at making science and engineering more attractive to 11-14 year olds.

James Bamford, Senior Operations Coordinator for the IoP, said: “Lab in a Lorry is a fantastic experience for young people. It generates excitement and curiosity in science by letting them explore experimental science for themselves with the help of expert mentors.”

Designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, Lab in a Lorry offers Year 7, 8 and 9 Science pupils the opportunity to explore Science through specially created interactive experiments.  Each lorry is fitted with three distinct lab areas where groups of up to six young people can take part in each of the fun and informative experiments. The programme is delivered by volunteers – all scientists and engineers – and with at least one volunteer mentor to every six students, everyone gets to try their hand at experimental science and to think about the surprises and questions that arise.

Lab in a Lorry in the North West of England is an Institute of Physics’ initiative. The Schlumberger Foundation is a founding partner and volunteer assistance is provided by STEMNET.

The Lab in a Lorry programme consists of two 44ft lorries that have been visiting Schools, youth organisations, major events, and communities free-of-charge across the UK and Ireland since early 2005.  The lorry will tour schools in Wales in the new year.

Schools can invite Lab in a Lorry to visit them through the website www.labinalorry.org.uk which also contains information on how to become a volunteer.

Lab in a Lorry is actively recruiting additional partners to ensure the programme expands and continues to be a free experience for all. For more information on partnerships, please visit the Lab in a Lorry website.

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The Headmaster and Headmistress welcome James Bamford and the Lab in a Lorry

The Headmaster and Headmistress welcome James Bamford and the Lab in a Lorry

Pupils inside the Lorry Lab

Pupils inside the Lorry Lab

The Headmaster and Headmistress with Mike Lotinga, a volunteer from Salford University

The Headmaster and Headmistress with Mike Lotinga, a volunteer from Salford University