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Celebrating Science and Engineering

Leading Labour politicians in Bristol have encouraged local residents to get involved with National Science and Engineering Week, which runs this year for a ten day period, from 6-15 March.   A range of activities are on offer, with a particular emphasis on encouraging young people to learn more about the opportunities that science and engineering can bring.


Leader of the Labour Group on Bristol City Council, Councillor Helen Holland, will be on hand to meet Science Minister Lord Drayson at the Bridge Learning Campus tomorrow.  The Minister will be visiting Hartcliffe’s brand new school to meet with pupils to discuss their experiences of science. 


Commenting, Helen said:


“Studying science and engineering offers routes to all sorts of careers, as well as providing an understanding of the world around us.  I am sure that Lord Drayson will be inspired by the fantastic new buildings at Bridge Learning Campus, which are providing world-class facilities for our children and young people.”


Labour MP for Bristol South, Dawn Primarolo, added:


“The Government is committed to supporting science and technology, both of which are vital to the British economy.  The teaching of these subjects in our schools has really moved on, and young people are being shown the fantastic opportunities that these subjects open.  Britain is a world leader in both science and technology, and we should celebrate that.  But, we cannot get complacent.  That’s why the Government has asked industry to continue to engage with schools.  By 2011, we want 27,000 ‘science heroes’ in our schools to inspire and encourage young people to think of studying for careers in these industries.”


More information on National Science and Engineering Week is available at, which includes details of events being held locally and across the country.
[10 March 2009]


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