Young people from John Summers High school had the chance to visit an
interactive science centre as part of a drive to encourage pupils to take up
science based careers in the local area.
BASF based on Deeside Industrial Park, sponsored the trip for 49 pupils from
year 9 to visit Catalyst in Widnes, where they took part in self-motivated
science experiments and finishing by enjoying a ‘Flash Bang’ interactive
The company became involved with the school after attending a networking event
organised by Teresa Allen, Lead Officer for Learning, East Flintshire
Communities First which was held at the high school in November.
It has been recognised nationally that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering
and Maths) based businesses are suffering significantly from a lack of women
entering the industry and BASF is interested in helping close the gap by
showing how science is part of everyday life.
The chemical company has already donated 30 science text books to the school
and future initiatives could include further sponsoring of trips, factory
tours, work placements and life skills coaching.
Julie Bellis, Learning Manager for Key Stage 4 and science teacher at John
Summers High School said:
“This is a wonderful opportunity, the pupils really enjoyed the experience and
we would like to say thank you to BASF for working with us now and hopefully on
Councillor Derek Butler, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:
“It’s great to see an international business taking an interest in the future
of local young people. Thanks to BASF, the children are seeing a different side
to science and could potentially choose this as a career.”
Any company in the Deeside area who has a specific focus on the STEM industries
and would like to get involved in this initiative can contact Teresa Allen on
Photo caption: John Pearce and Anna Roberts of BASF pictured with the pupils