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Friday, 04 October 2013
Bolton School, in partnership with the Ogden Trust, played host to the Frontiers of Physics lectures, which brought together over 250 pupils, parents and staff from eight schools in the Bolton, Preston and Leyland areas.
Pupils were treated to a series of lectures and given the opportunity to ask real scientists questions.
To begin, Mr Philip Noonan from the Biomedical Institute at Manchester University presented a lecture on the use technology such as Xbox kinect in medical imaging and modelling. Sophie Allen form the National Space Centre then presented an inspiring lecture on the impact that investigating space can have on our lives, conditions for life in space and possible future exploration missions. The audience also had an opportunity to handle a piece of Mars and part of the Hubble Telescope!
For the finale of the event the great hall was linked, via video conference, to CERN in Geneva where scientists gave the audience an insight into their work. They spoke about what happens at CERN, recent discoveries and fundamental research in particle physics. After this there was a question and answer session where pupils had the opportunity to talk directly to the scientists at CERN including Professor John Ellis CBE and Dr Mick Storr.
Professor Ellis is a world renowned theoretical Physicist and currently Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics at Kings College London. Dr Storr worked at CERN as an experimental particle physicist and on software development projects before turning to the field of education. He is currently Head of the CERN Academic and Technical Training section in CERN’s Human Resources Personnel Management and Development Group.
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