Techniquest supports 70 young scientists through STEM scheme

Over 70 young scientists from across Wales have just completed an innovative placement programme led by educational charity Techniquest.

Last week, the students attended a special event at the Cardiff Bay science discovery centre to celebrate finishing their Nuffield Research Placements.

Organised in Wales by Techniquest, the programme gives 1,000 UK-based students the opportunity to work alongside and learn from professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

18-year-old Neve Forbes, from Merthyr Tydfil, is one of the young people to have passed the course. She undertook a four-week placement at Cardiff University with health science expert Dr Valerie Sparkes.

During her placement, Neve learnt about the consequences of sitting and posture on overall health. She has ambitions to become a neuroscientist and called the placement “inspiring”.

Reflecting on the programme, Neve said: “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Dr Valerie Sparkes, and to Nuffield and Techniquest for helping me on my journey to neuroscience.

“The placement was incredibly beneficial, helping to improve my independent research skills and providing me with first-hand insight on local STEM career opportunities. It was an inspiring experience and has strengthened my ambitions to work in the scientific field.”

Andrea Meyrick, head of education at Techniquest, said it is a “privilege to be able to support so many talented young scientists on their journey to a rewarding career in STEM”.

She commented: “Inspiring the next generation of great minds and scientists is at the heart of our mission as an educational charity, and we’re always identifying new ways to reach young people. These placements are a great opportunity for those with scientific talent to get a taste of STEM careers. 

“We’re delighted to have worked alongside Nuffield on this mission, and the students have all demonstrated incredible skill and dedication.

“We’re thrilled to have celebrated with so many bright young minds as they were presented with their certificates, and we wish them all the best on their next steps.”