Science experts have shared their passion for the subject with the next generation.
Water-flow engineering, designing a water supply system for a town and bioscience experiments were all part of a 10-week project, Science Clubs with UEL, run by the University of East London.
It also featured talks by Tarik Tez, Siemens major projects and solutions manger, and British Airways engineer Ollie Schrembri, university visits, practical experiments and tuition from UEL postgraduate students acting as science ambassadors.
The aim was to introduce school pupils to science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (Stemm) subjects.
It culminated with six teams of Year 10 pupils from Clapton Girls Academy in Hackney and Sarah Bonnell School in Stratford gathering at The Crystal, near the Excel Centre, to pitch their science project posters to a panel of academics from UEL.
Senior lecturer at UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering Dr Mihaela Anca Ciupala was impressed with the pupils “open and inquisitive minds”.
Katherine Wilks, a member of the winning Clapton Girls Academy team, said the experience had helped her to think more about doing a science subject at university.
Nusrat Begum, from the winning Sarah Bonnell team, enjoyed learning about DNA extraction and said: “We have had the chance to learn outside of school and got to try experiments about bacteria and antibiotics.
“It makes me more excited about trying new things in the future.”