Pupils from two Chorley schools made a Big Bang when they visited the newly-opened £7m Sir Bill Taylor Futures Centre at Blackburn College.
St Michael’s CE and Parklands High School students joined other secondary schools and sixth forms at a tour of the centre at the Big Bang event.
College bosses, along with companies including BAE Systems, NIS Engineering and Flash Bang Science, put on a range of activities to highlight the exciting careers and future possibilities that exist within STEM - science, technology, engineering and maths - pathways.
Students got a chance to go behind the cameras in a state-of-the-art TV studio and film a live band, tried out science experiments in the labs and learned how the replica eco-house works. They also had a go with a wind-up car, take part in a ski run challenge and be amazed by a vibrating fluid experiment as well as would-be scientists being able to quiz boffins about their work.
Parkland’s year 11 sports captain Cameron Sullivan got a close up of a Total Station, the latest in surveying equipment. Meanwhile St Michael’s year eight pupil Skye McGreavy was interested in the BAE Systems section.
Sir Bill Taylor, chairman of the college’s corporation board, said: “We encourage prospective students to have a look around our superb new Futures Centre.
“This is a big opportunity to learn while using up-to-date equipment, whether engineering, science, maths or media. It will prepare them for life after education and give them skills to take into their careers and help to regenerate industry in the UK.”