Big bash goes with a bang

Professional pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh thrilled the audience at Blackpool Sixth Form's inaugural  Physical Sciences Awards Evening with the secret science behind fireworks
Professional pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh thrilled the audience at Blackpool Sixth Form's inaugural Physical Sciences Awards Evening with the secret science behind fireworks
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This inaugural science awards evening went with a bang!

Professional pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh thrilled the audience of Blackpool Sixth Form College’s first Physical Sciences Awards with an indoor fireworks display to top off an evening of physics fun.

The college, on Blackpool Old Road, hosted its own students and pupils from five secondary schools to celebrate the achievements and enthusiasm of youngsters who have excelled in chemistry, physics and engineering.

Andy Anderson, head of medical technologies at Victrex plc, who presented some of the awards, said: “It was inspiring to see so many keen science students, who no doubt have successful careers ahead of them. 

“Victrex was pleased to sponsor the event and hope that it encourages local students to enter a career in science or engineering. As a growing company we constantly require talented scientists and engineers it would be great if they could be from our local community.”

The event, also sponsored by the Ogden Trust and the Royal Society of Chemistry saw awards presented to children from Year 7 up to Sixth Form.

The Outstanding student of the Year Award went to Grace Carpenter, a Year 12 student at Blackpool Sixth Form College who has been described as “an extremely gifted physics student” by her tutors.

True to her reputation, the 17-year-old, from Poulton, was unable to make the event due to a physics-filled schedule: a summer school at Sydney University in Australia, followed by a placement at Harvard University in America and a project at UCLan, Preston. Mr Tosh brought the evening to a close with a demonstration on the secret science behind fireworks.