Science students discover the importance of science in Russia

Students studying A Level Chemistry and BTEC Applied Science at Cheshire College – South & West enjoyed a five-day educational trip to Russia that explored the contribution of the USSR and Russian Federation in the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Neil Hewitt, Lecturer in Chemistry at the College’s Crewe Campus, said: “It was a fascinating trip for our students and an opportunity to develop their understanding of the role STEM, has played historically in the modern-day culture of Russia.”

As well as the chance to explore the world-famous sights of Moscow including the Kremlin, Lenin’s Tomb and St Basil’s Cathedral, students visited Bunker-42. Built in the 50s by order of Stalin, it was a key command centre for coordinating nuclear attacks on the enemies of the USSR.

Kinga Piechowicz, 24, from Crewe, said: “It was incredible, the bunker occupies more than 7000 square meters, and is located 65 meters below ground level. We learnt facts about the Cold War.”

Another highlight of the trip was visiting the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow and the Museum of Rocket Technology in St Petersburg. The museums showcased how Soviet space science evolved starting from the first man- made satellites, the first manned space flight, the first space walks, Moon exploration programs, Solar system exploration programmes and international space research programmes.

Owen Roberts, 18, from Crewe, added: “To see how the sciences – maths, physics, chemistry and biology were applied to enable space travel was amazing. The whole trip really inspired me and has really opened my eyes to the importance of science in society.”

The trip also included cultural visits such as the Hermitage and the Summer Palace in Pushkin

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