VISITORS from across the world were welcomed to Camborne and Cornwall last week with clear blue skies and scorching temperatures as the UK hosted its first ever International Student Science Fair (ISSF).
The annual global event, now in its ninth year, was hosted by Camborne Science and International Academy (CSIA), and saw 28 high performing specialist science schools from countries as diverse as Guam in the Pacific to China, Iran, Japan, Singapore, USA and Russia travel to Cornwall for the five-day science extravaganza.
The opening ceremony on Thursday last week was held at Princess Pavilions in Falmouth and was officially opened by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, Elizabeth Truss, who delivered a talk to the audience.
She said: “It’s a fantastic event, I think science is a really important subject to make sure we’re turning out the next generation of engineers and scientists.” Prime Minister David Cameron contributed words of support for ISSF read by his former press secretary and Camborne, Redruth and Hayle MP George Eustice, in which he welcomed visitors from across the world to the UK, and congratulated CSIA for hosting the event.
CSIA is the first school in Europe to host the fair, with the event unlikely to be held again in the UK or Europe for the next ten years.
Principal Ian Kenworthy said: “We feel very proud to have held such a prestigious event. ISSF 2013 has been a wonderful experience not just as hosts, but for students, teachers, the local community and everyone involved.
“It’s about enhancing our global scientific network and inspiring the future generation of scientists.”
Cornwall delivered world-class venues and authentic experiences throughout ISSF, working closely with the University of Exeter, particularly the Tremough campus in Falmouth.
A number of intriguing scientific research investigations took place at a range of locations chosen for their scientific significance including Camborne School of Mines, Pendennis Ship Yard, The National Lobster Hatchery, Eden Project, Falmouth Marine School and Scottish Power Wind Farm.
Visitors also took part in a range of cultural activities including visiting Stithians Show, Land’s End and St Michael’s Mount, taking part in a traditional Cornish Ceilidh, surfing, horse-riding and not forgetting the Cornish pasty which was enjoyed by all.
The theme for this year’s ISSF was inspiration through collaboration encouraging participants to learn through team work and their shared passion for science. Multiple languages, cultures and traditions enriched the learning experience for all those involved, with lasting friendships and partnerships being formed. Throughout the event, participants were challenged, engaged and involved in scientific research - presenting their findings to the rest of the group.
The closing Ceremony will take place today at the Princess Pavilions to formally close the ISSF and officially transfer to Sergey Semenov, Principal of the Moscow Chemical Lyceum, which will host the tenth ISSF next year.