Lab in a Lorry, a mobile science lab for young people, visited Heysham High School whilst it was in the Morecambe area on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November to connect young people in the region to science. Designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, Lab in a Lorry offers 11-14 year olds the opportunity to explore science through specially created interactive experiments, which kept our year 8 scientists fascinated.
The Lab in a Lorry programme consists of two 44ft lorries that have been visiting schools, youth organisations, major events, and communities free-of-charge across the UK and Ireland since early 2005.
Each lorry is fitted with three distinct lab areas where groups of up to six young people can take part in each of the fun and informative experiments. The programme is delivered by volunteers – all scientists and engineers – and with at least one volunteer mentor to every six students, everyone gets to try their hand at experimental science and think about the surprises and questions that arise.
Lab in a Lorry in the North West of England is an Institute of Physics’ initiative. The Schlumberger Foundation is a founding partner and volunteer assistance is provided by STEMNET. The aim of Lab in a Lorry is to encourage positive attitudes towards science and to make science and engineering more attractive to 11-14 year olds.
Institute of Physics spokesperson James Bamford said:
“Lab in a Lorry is a fantastic experience for young people. It generates excitement and curiosity in science by letting them explore experimental science for themselves with the help of expert mentors”.
Mrs. Sarah McFall, Head of Science at Heysham High School, said: “The two days the Lab in a Lorry has been at school have provided an excellent experience for students to explore science and use equipment they would not normally come into contact with. It has been a wonderful enrichment opportunity for our young scientists”.
Schools can invite Lab in a Lorry to visit them through the website www.labinalorry.org.uk which also contains information on how to become a volunteer.
Lab in a Lorry is actively recruiting additional partners to ensure the programme expands and continues to be a free experience for all. For more information on partnerships, please visit the Lab in a Lorry website.