New science centre is first outside London

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Thousands of future young boffins in Preston will be able to explore science and technology in a ground-breaking new facility.

The University of Central Lancashire has joined forces with the Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI) to set up a Young Scientist Centre – the first of its kind outside of London – at UCLan’s Preston campus.

Modelled on the highly successful L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre (LYSC) in London, the Preston version will aim to get local young people 
exploring all aspects of 
science and technology outside of the classroom. The YSC will offer a unique experience within the region, benefiting primary, secondary schools and local community groups and expects to see 3,000 youngsters in its first year.

The workshops will offer hands-on experience cover all the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and cater for a wide ranging age group.

Jo Heaton-Marriott, public engagement manager at 
UCLan said: “Every year, there is a shortfall of 40,000 STEM graduates in the UK.

“At some point in their 
education, increasing numbers of students seem to be ‘turned off’ by STEM subjects.

“But as anyone who has 
ever worked in scientific or engineering careers can testify, there are few disciplines as continually rewarding as the sciences – and certainly none as vital to the continuing 
international competitiveness of the UK.

“At UCLan we are very 
focused on getting students excited about how science works, and how we can then use it to change lives. That supports the entire ethos 
underpinning the YSC – the earlier we can get young people engaged in the vast potential of studying STEM subjects, and the sooner they get excited by giving experiments a go, the better for all of us.”