THE outer limits of their knowledge were tested when school students attended a Secrets of Science event mounted by AWE.

The event in Tadley Community Centre, allowed more than 80 pupils aged from 11 to 13 to enjoy demonstrations of wave physics, flame waveforms and seismology. They also had the chance to make a mini volcano or a lava lamp at a chemistry stand.

It was hoped that the day, designed to appeal to youngsters who enjoy maths, engineering and science, would encourage the brightest to consider a career in science and related disciplines.

Matt Childs, one of the AWE graduates who organised the event, said: “It was fantastic to see the pupils interact with the wide range of science demonstrations and appreciate that science can be fascinating.

“I hope that events like this inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

Professor Andrew Randewich, head of plasma physics at AWE said: “I was very impressed with the level of interaction between the schools and the presenters. Many of the questions asked were pertinent and thought-provoking.

“We hope that the event has helped to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers who may one day come to work at AWE, perhaps even on the Orion laser, or with our collaborators in industry or the wider academic world.”

During the day, the different groups were scored on their participation and ability to answer questions put to them at each demonstration stand.

The overall winners were from The Costello School, in Basingstoke. They received a cheque for £300 and they also won the best overall team prize. In second place was The Hurst Community College, in Baughurst, with a cheque for £200.