British Science Week: 'Dream big when it comes to Science'

10 Mar 2021

The stimulating and ever-evolving world of science is being celebrated over the next two weeks for British Science Week.

Throughout the duration of this event, there will be a celebration of Technology, Engineering, Science and Maths.

At New College Swindon there will be an emphasis put on how today’s science creates the foundations for the future.

Walter Makoni, Science Lecturer of the college, said: “Science is one of the most important channels of knowledge. It has a specific role, as well as a variety of functions for the benefit of our society: discovering new knowledge, improving education, and increasing the quality of our lives.

“Science must respond to societal needs and global challenges. The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.”

As a beneficial comparison for potential new students, the college has created a concept that incorporates the current mission of Nasa’s Perseverance Rover on Mars and how a Science qualification at the college illustrates this knowledge during the mission.

Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive of British Science Association, commented:

“After a year of science making daily headlines and becoming such a prevalent part of everyone’s day-to-day lives, it’s become even clearer just how important it is to society.

“This research follows our previous Future Forum research which found that 71% of young people are concerned about the effect of climate change on their futures, and 69% are concerned about the impact of future pandemics – this year’s British Science Week will focus on ensuring Generation Science feels confident about its abilities to help to address major, global issues that will shape their futures.

“The last few months have seen some incredible developments for the subject, from the Covid-19 vaccine to the landing of Nasa’s Perseverance Rover on Mars. These achievements remind us just what we’re capable of when we work together to make science a priority."