Inspiring the next generation of scientists
(l-r) Richard Bristow (Head of Year 8), Sophie Cooksley and Richard Pitkin
Aspiration and innovation was the theme of Mangotsfield School’s annual Celebration of Achievement Evening on Tuesday (5th January) when Richard Pitkin, the Bristol & Bath Science Park’s Innovation Centre director, gave a keynote speech at the ceremony.
Richard was there to congratulate students on their successes and encourage them to be part of the ongoing technological revolution that has seen the rise of the impact of digital technology.
He said: “The technological advances that have occurred in these students’ lifetimes are huge and new developments are happening every day. Technologies like clothing that can answer phones and robots that will do the housework aren’t just the stuff of sci-fi films but products currently in development.
“With its strength in innovation and technology, Bristol is a great place to get in on the action and these students are living and studying in one of the country’s best regions for careers in the technology sector.”
Mangotsfield School is just a few minutes away from the Science Park, and Richard has recently become a Governor of the School.
Headteacher Richard Badley said: “As an Engineering and Science College, Mangotsfield keeps pace with the changes and innovations in the wider world and we are always looking to encourage wider experience and involvement on our Governing Body.
“It is important to inspire young people today and having Richard representing the Governors helps to highlight the world of science and innovation; both potential career paths for our students.”