The Jelly Baby Buskers make the headlines

Jelly Babies

Busking science demonstrations, organised by Dr Mark Lorch, which inspire an interest in science have been highlighted within a special supplement of The Times.

The supplement, ‘Closing the skills gap’, why science, technology, engineering and maths are the new must-have qualifications, focuses on investments within the region and initiatives to develop the required skills to maximise economic opportunities.

The science buskers’ events are one of a series of programmes run by the University to engage students and industry with schoolchildren to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers.

They have taken place in venues including Hull’s St Stephen’s shopping centre, where the ‘buskers’ perform science tricks from making batteries from beer, foil and shampoo to using jelly babies to model DNA structures.

In the article Dr Lorch says of the busking science events: “It is a great way for students to learn because they have to know their subject well for demonstrations to work. The aim is to explain science to a different audience.  Shoppers start by being disinterested and then become fascinated.”

The Bondholders team worked with The Times to profile the Humber as being at the forefront of development of technical skills to fuel the UK’s economic growth.

In the resulting feature The Times describes the region as ‘key to the future of engineering in Britain’.

Dr Lorch added: “This is an exciting time for students to study science and engineering here at Hull – we are ideally situated in what is being described as the UK’s ‘energy estuary’. Our new programmes within the School of Engineering emphasise energy engineering, to meet the growing demand for engineers in the region’s industry, particularly in the energy sector.”

The Humber is the only region profiled within the supplement which highlights the crucial need to encourage young people to take up STEM courses and pursue careers in science and engineering.

The issue is of vital importance as the UK faces a major shortfall in qualified recruits for industries driving forward the economy now and in the future.

The Times highlights Siemens’ investment in a world-class wind turbine manufacturing facility at Alexandra Dock in Hull.

The supplement also reports that the Humber is home to the UK’s second largest chemicals cluster at Saltend Chemicals Park; Europe’s biggest biofuel from waste facility, Greenergy at Immingham and a host of companies supporting the offshore wind industry.

The focus on skills highlights the work of the Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA).

Read more from the Bondholders team.

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