On Wednesday 30 May colleagues from the Marketing Communications department at Fisher Scientific in Loughborough, saw the culmination of a 6 month collaborative project with local Limehurst School.
‘The Science World Challenge’ was designed to provide opportunities in a commercial business environment for 14 ‘gifted and talented’ pupils aged 12-14 years. The project was the latest for the Thermo Fisher Scientific ‘Community Action Council’ – a global initiative to give back to local communities.
For the challenge, the pupils were invited to design and promote their own scientific product display to stand alongside more than 80 world-class exhibitors at the Fisher Scientific annual ‘Science World’ event which was held at Wembley Stadium on 19 April 2012. The event drew around 900 visitors from across the scientific industry.
Business mentors coached the pupils in communication, sales and design and were joined by Vice President for Fisher Scientific Northern Europe, Jonathan Bagshaw to celebrate the achievements of the pupils in a special school assembly. This was the perfect opportunity for the Science World team to share video footage of their experience with fellow pupils, much to their delight (and embarrassment!) They were also presented with individual certificates of achievement along with framed photos of the day signed by Professor Brian Cox who had visited the children following his keynote speech at the Science World event.
Feedback from both staff and students at Limehurst School has been excellent listing ‘personal skills’, ‘confidence’ and ‘business insight’ as just some of the skills the pupils had picked up along the way.
“This experience has been rewarding and hugely beneficial for us all” said Jonathan Bagshaw “We’re delighted with the results of the pupils’ hard work and commitment and hope that the experience will help to inform their own career paths – perhaps within our industry!”