The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) inspired the scientists of tomorrow when it opened its doors to local schoolchildren.
Youngsters from Heighington CE Primary School, near Darlington, toured CPI’s biologics facility, learning about chromatography and how to make an emulsion/cream.
The visit was part of CPI’s long-held commitment to hosting STEM events across its North-East sites, and it certainly left an indelible mark on the 31 pupils.
Writing letters to thank CPI staff, the children praised the cutting-edge facilities at the biologics site and revealed they are looking forward to studying science when they progress to secondary school to boost their career prospects.
Katie said: “I felt so excited that I met a real scientist. I was amazed at how incredible CPI is and my visit gave me an idea of what I could do for a living.”
“It was interesting to see the micro-organisms in their tanks, growing and growing,” said Madeleine. “I cannot wait to do more experiments in the future.”
Martha added: “You have inspired me to try really hard in science because that might get me a job when I am older.”
CPI staff Sam Ward, Steven Devine, Kin On Ho, Farai Cater, Abby Burr, Harvey Branton, Emma Stewart, Jill Duncan, Ejay Nsugbe, Ben Gay and Emily Dutton helped organise and run the open event, overseeing the youngsters’ activities.
Dr Amy Smith, CPI Learning and Development Manager, said: “Inspiring the next generation of scientists is vital to ensure we have the skilled workforce needed for the future.
“Educating students on the range of careers available to them prior to Year Eight allows them to make informed options.”
The visit builds on previous work by CPI alongside the Children Challenging Industry programme, run by CIEC at the University of York, which aims to increase childrens’ and teachers’ awareness of STEM industries and careers.