Oxfordshire Young Scientists
This year, the event was held virtually, however the recognition given to the students was no different, and they all received a roll call and applause!
The virtual format also allowed for a range of speakers to give presentations to the students, one of whom was Computer Apprentice, Mika Shearwood, based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. During his talk, Mika spoke about the laboratory, his experience as an apprentice working with a variety of groups across the site, and gave advice on apprenticeships as a parallel to university when it comes to a career in STEM.
He explains, “Hearing from a wide range of perspectives on accessing STEM will hopefully show them that there's no 'one route' into it. This is the sort of event I really wish that my own school had participated in when I was an A-level student. And I'm always happy to spread the good word about apprenticeships!"
These talks were aimed to inspire students by letting them hear a range from a range of scientists, in a variety of different fields, with widely varying levels of experience, showing the breadth and depth to the broad category of 'science'.
Mika continues, “I think it's brilliant. It's really encouraging and validating to students to be recognised for their energy and enthusiasm outside of their own school environment."
Young Scientist of the Year is part of a larger programme for secondary school students, to give them the tools, knowledge, and opportunities to help enable a potential career in STEM. We hope to see these bright students at RAL someday!