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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South Cheshire College Student is crowned ‘Top Student’

Eve Stockton, aged 17, from Crewe claimed this year’s ‘Top Student of the Course’ award at Salford and Manchester’s Chemistry Residential Development Week.

Eve completed her AS programme in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Psychology last year and is currently working towards her A2 qualifications at the College. She was encouraged to apply for the chemistry residential course by her tutor. Places were capped at 40, therefore only a limited number of students were accepted.

Neil Hewitt, Eve’s Chemistry tutor at South Cheshire College commented: “I helped Eve to collate the information for the application, but she did all the hard work. We were both delighted when she gained a placement and subsequently made a name for herself, excelling to gain the ‘Top Student’ award; a great achievement. We are really proud of her.

“Eve recorded the highest score of the year in both Chemistry and Psychology, as well attaining top grades in her other subjects.  She is exceptional.”

The four-day chemistry programme was part of a larger collaboration with Salford and Manchester Universities named ‘Greater Manchester Higher’, which provides a learning, and rewarding experience for students. It allows them to thrive by taking part in interactive activities and meeting new people. Lab activities, workshops, development opportunities, socials and facility tours are all part of the camp, with a student crowned ‘Top Student’ to round off the week.

Eve said of the experience: “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, it was fantastic to be part of the course. Everyone I met during the residential was extremely friendly, particularly the university tutors and student mentors. The laboratory work was really interesting, and it was great to use the specialist equipment at the university.

“I’m currently studying for my A2 qualifications and will be applying for Veterinary Medicine at university. I’ve always wanted to study Veterinary Medicine, so it’s been an exciting opportunity to experience university life as well as meet new people from different colleges. I am looking at various options after I’ve qualified, but the research labs at Manchester University and Salford University were brilliant, so it will definitely be a consideration.”