Science lorry launched

The East Midlands Development Agency (emda) is to fund Lab in a Lorry, an initiative designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers in the area. The 44ft lorry, developed by the Institute of Physics (IOP), contains three dedicated experiment spaces and offers 11-14 year olds the opportunity to explore science through specially created, hands on experiments.

Interactive displays, explanations as to why the sky is blue or demonstrations on the power of sound will enable each child to see, hear and feel why science is fun. Lab in a Lorry is managed by STEMNET, which is run by the IOP and delivered via volunteers from a variety of science and engineering backgrounds.

Andrew Morgan, emda’s Skills and Communities director, said: ‘Inspiring young people to see the potential of this subject as part of a successful career is vital in ensuring a highly-skilled, future workforce for the east Midlands.’

He added: ‘Our investment in Lab means this Lorry is now exclusively available for the East Midlands area.’