Schools' invitation to join in Gravity Fields Festival

Teachers have been treated to a preview of next year's Gravity Fields Festival at an event organised to engage them in the programme.

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Ideas included pupils putting on their own festival events with advice and mentoring, 'adopting' a scientist and even shaping the school curriculum to get the most out of the world class science and arts that the festival brings to Grantham.

Kings School headmaster Frank Hedley opened the event in the old library where festival inspiration Sir Isaac Newton was educated, and welcomed festival patron and top Cambridge physicist Professor Valerie Gibson.

"Putting it bluntly, this is the best science and arts festival in the world," she said. "I have been to so many festivals who try to do what you do but don't manage it."

"I have never been anywhere where townspeople get so immersed. Getting our secondary schools more involved, however, is the key to taking it one step beyond to make it truly fantastic festival.

For South Kesteven District Council , Cllr Jacky Smith, Cabinet member for Major Projects, confirmed the council's enthusiasm and continued funding and support for the festival.

"I am an engineer myself, and, like Professor Gibson, I am proud of the fact that I went to Kesteven and Grantham Girls School."

Urging schools to use the festival to flag up career opportunities, particularly for girls, she said: "There are so many options for girls in science and engineering. I myself was determined to be an engineer and nothing was going to stop me."

Earlier in the day Professor Gibson had delivered the annual Newton Lecture at the Kings School.

Schools unable to attend but wanting to know more about opportunities can contact Jo Dobbs j.dobbs@southkesteven.gov.uk

Caption: From left: Professor Valerie Gibson, festival curator Rosemary Richards, SKDC Arts Centre manager Graham Burley, Cllr Jacky Smith and Dr Harry Cliff, festival co-curator for science events.

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