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Thomas Hardye pupil gets tour of central laser
A BUDDING scientist has visited some of nation’s leading science facilities after starring in a national competition.
Thomas Hardye School pupil Edward Duckworth got to check out the ISIS accelerator, space facility and central laser facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire.
He was invited to the visit the site after winning the National Science and Engineering Competition at the Big Bang Fair in London earlier in the year.
Edward had impressed the judges with his work on a project entitled Tidal Waves that looked at the tidal effect on spectrogram background noise.
As well as a tour of the facilities, the visit hosted by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), gave Edward and the runners-up in the competition the chance to meet scientists.
Edward said: “I really enjoyed the visit.
“It gave me an idea of the opportunities that are available to scientists in the form of work placements and as careers.
“It made me feel more confident of my choice of a physics degree as I could see myself working at RAL or somewhere similar.”
Andrew Taylor, executive director of the national laboratories with the STFC, said: “It is a real pleasure for STFC to host this visit by these young scientists.
“It would be wonderful if, a few years down the line, the experience of visiting the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories and of being successful in the competition has been the spur for the prize winners to pursue a research career in physics.
“We wish them the very best in their future endeavours and hope today will open their eyes to the type of research opportunities open to them.”
The National Science and Engineering Competition was run by the Institute of Physics.
Director of communications Dr Beth Taylor said: “Every year the Big Bang Fair produces a great crop of exciting projects from enterprising young scientists.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to recognise their efforts, and to give them a glimpse of what a career in science can offer.”
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