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Young astronomers meet Lord Winston

Published Wednesday, 03 December 2014

Eminent scientist, author and TV presenter, Professor Lord Robert Winston, met Enfield’s young school scientists to hear about their work and see their discoveries in astronomy on Wednesday 3 December.

Lord Winston

This special meeting arranged by Enfield Council, at the City Learning Centre in Parsonage Lane, came just after the amazing Rosetta project captured the nation’s interest.

Thirty children from local Enfield primary schools showed Lord Winston how much they understand about the universe and their enthusiasm for learning about it. Lord Winston spoke to the children about the fascination of science and answered their questions.

He said, “Enfield Council is encouraging this interest with enormous energy. Nurturing and sustaining an interest in science across all disciplines is so important if we are to have the explorers, doctors and researchers of the future. I am delighted that so many Enfield primary schools are so keen to develop science teaching.”

Using their computers the children linked up to the powerful Bradford Robotic Telescope which is a collection of telescopes on Mount Teide in Tenerife.

Images beamed from space via the Bradford Telescope were then sent directly onto their computers. Through this project the children have learned about black holes, red dwarfs, identified planets and their stars, and have become familiar with a science that is becoming more significant for the world.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, added, “It was indeed a privilege for our children to meet Lord Winston who spoke to them about the wonders of the world, the challenges for science from global warming and producing enough food.

“With his support and that from Imperial College, London, our schools are creating a strong community of science teaching and learning.”

Exscitec and Imperial College are helping to deliver the Primary Schools Science Enrichment Programme which is funded through the Mayor for London’s, London Schools Excellence Fund.

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