Cox: Sky’s the limit for young science stars
TOP physicist Brian Cox has urged school children in Manchester to reach for the stars and become the scientists of the future.
The former pop star turned University of Manchester academic earned global fame after his TV series Wonders of the Solar System became a massive hit.
Now he has been helping inspire hundreds of school pupils in the city by taking part in a series of talks aimed at encouraging youngsters to embrace science.
Professor Cox visited Chorlton High School to answer pupils’ questions and talk to them about his love of science.
Hundreds of pupils at other schools, who were watching via video link, were also able to quiz the professor.
He said: “I’m so lucky I am able to spend my time exploring the universe. You can choose to spend your time exploring sci- ence or nature, or whatever captures your imagination as well.”
Prof Cox told pupils how he moved from studying astronomy to particle physics, and about working on experiments with the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.
Pupils asked him questions about the origins of the universe and about the value of missions to space.
He said there will be a vital need for thousands more engineers and scientists in the future.
Prof Cox told the audience: “There can be nothing better than spending a few years or even the rest of your career exploring the things that interest you.
“Science is never easy. It’s hard work, but it’s very rewarding.”
Prof Brian Cox speaks to pupils at Chorlton igh School