Annual physics and engineering lecture held at St Joseph’s Academy

The fifth annual Physics and Engineering Lecture has been held at St Joseph’s Academy, organised by physics teacher Colin Barbour through the Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society (KESS).

The main audience was Advanced Higher Physics students from St Joseph’s, Stewarton, Grange and James Hamilton Academies.

The event was opened by Danny Gorman of KESS who taught physics and engineering subjects for 30 years in Universities.

Danny spoke to the students about the challenge of transition between school and university and the great advantages to be gained by successful completion of Advance Highers.

He then introduced the main speaker of the day, Dr Nicolas Kelly of the Energy Systems Research Unit at Strathclyde University.

Dr Kelly outlined the pros and cons of all the available energy sources and systems and the need for a “balanced mix” of energy sources to meet fluctuating short and long term demand.

He encouraged the students to become engaged in the lecture by encouraging them to suggest the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in our current energy policy and management systems.

He finished by convincing the students that irrespective of the exact detail and bias of future energy policy and systems, the need for new and improving energy storage facilities would always be present.

KESS President, Graham Short said: “KESS is really pleased to support this annual lecture. It is great to see so many young people interested in courses in science and engineering.

“This is a really important time in their lives and we are very grateful to Dr Kelly for delivering such a stimulating and relevant lecture.”

Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning, added: “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the STEM subjects, are vital areas of study and research to keep us at the forefront of the rapidly moving world of science.

“This annual lecture is as fascinating as it is inspirational and I’m pleased to see it going from strength to strength.”

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