The University of Central Lancashire has officially opened its state-of-the-art Young Scientist Centre (YSC) in collaboration with the Royal Institution here in Preston.
The centre, which is the first YSC outside of London, was opened by Jamie Edwards, a local school student and the youngest person in the world to carry out a nuclear fusion reaction along with Minster of State for School Reform, Nick Gibb.
A variety of experiments and demonstrations took place across the evening allowing guests to have a taste of the workshops the centre offers.
The YSC is a purpose built facility which will give young people greater access to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outside school allowing them to get hands-on with science through interactive workshops.
Dr Liz Granger, manager of the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre, said: “At UCLan we are dedicated to providing an enriched experience and encouraging our students to immerse themselves in the world of science and technology, how it works and how this knowledge can be applied to later life. The YSC creates an exciting environment that will motivate young people to embrace STEM subjects before they consider career paths.”
More images from the evening can be found on Flickr.
Check out some of the exciting activities that took place here: