Dr Vladamir Gubala leads seventeen students from Medway & Kent’s Grammar schools and the University of Kent’s Partner Schools
Seventeen students from Medway & Kent’s Grammar schools and the University of Kent’s Partner Schools took part in a second year of popular and very successful event called – Scientific Revolution. Talented students studying science for their A-levels from Fort Pitt Grammar School, Chatham Grammar School for Girls, Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls, Thomas Aveling School, Brompton Academy and St. Anselm’s Catholic School spent 5-days at the Medway School of Pharmacy and the Wolfson Centre learning skills and knowledge in chemistry, biochemistry, physics and engineering.
The event was organised by the Partnership Development Office at the University of Kent in collaboration with the Medway School of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Greenwich.
Dr Vladimir Gubala, the scientific lead said: "This was our second year and I think we made it even better and more fabulous than the year before. We have had two fantastic speakers: Dr Dave Smart from Smart Consulting DX, who gave an amazing interactive lecture on the use of mobile phones and technology in healthcare; and Dr Stefan Zigan from the Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Greenwich who introduced the students to several, very interesting practical challenges in engineering. Importantly, we wanted to provide students in years 11 and 12 with the opportunity to get a glimpse into a life at the university and introduce them to the world of research and development both in academia and industry."
We have therefore organized two visits to companies that are prime examples of how tackling problems in science and engineering can lead into a very successful business.
One of the visited companies was BBI Solutions in Sittingbourne, specializing on the isolation and production of biochemical reagents. The other one was ITL in Ashford, whose business is in the design and manufacture of state-of-art medical devices. We received an amazing welcome from both companies and the hosts, Dr Patrick Dall’Aglio (BBI) and Carl Lincoln (ITL) organized a fantastic tour through their facilities. Both visits involved a very interesting introduction to the multidisciplinary approach both companies have to run their business and questions and answer session, during which the companies provided refreshments and lunch. Based on the students’ feedback, both visits were the highlights of the week.
At the end of the 5-day event, each student presented a poster and gave an “elevator pitch” related to specific problem in healthcare or engineering. The students were competing to win one of the several prizes that were available. The judges were formed by to a panel of scientists from Universities of Kent and Greenwich, who then selected the best work to be awarded at the Gala Reception.
The whole event went absolutely perfect and a massive thanks for this belongs to the team of Partnership and Development office at the University of Kent, the amazing students ambassadors, Dr Stefan Zigan, Dr Dave Smart, BBI Solutions, Industrial Technologies Limited and the Medway School of Pharmacy.
With some quotes from the students who participated in this year Scientific Revolution, we’re looking forward to next year’s event, which we’ll try to bring up a notch again.
“I enjoyed visits to the various companies, presenting posters as it gave me more confidence”
“This has been better than any school lesson, it's really opened my eyes to studying science in the future”