Over 40 primary school children visited BOC’s Immingham complex last week, seeing for themselves how the company makes gases for a wide variety of applications, from steelmaking through medical treatments to the freezing of food.
The plant at Stallingborough is one of the biggest and most diverse operating units within BOC, a member of The Linde Group.
The pupils, from St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Ulceby, North Lincolnshire, were treated to demonstrations of the properties of gases, including the power to freeze food and turn rubber rock hard, by BOC engineers.
The visit was organised as part of the Children Challenging Industry initiative, launched 15 years ago after a poll indicated that public understanding of science had reached an all-time low. A combination of classroom-based lessons and visits to local science-based companies enable children to understand how science is used in ‘real life.
Headteacher Ros Johnson said after the visit: “It was an action-packed morning at BOC. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, learning about the company itself as well as about the chemical processes.” She added: “It provided much food for thought and we will be following up some of the science investigations when we return to school to see what they understood.”
BOC engineer Dr Talia Ortega noted that: “Inspiring pupils at this age to pursue an education and a career in science and engineering is of paramount importance to this country’s future. By giving students the chance to find out what engineering involves from today’s engineers and technicians, we can capture the interest of both boys and girls at this early age.”
BOC’s Immingham site manager Tony Ogden said: “I love hosting these events, they benefit both the pupils and the staff on site. They are among the key ways in which we can help our local communities understand the contribution and importance of our work towards people’s daily lives. It was great to hear the ‘oooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’ from the children during the demonstrations of the properties of gases. When they walk out saying words like ‘wow’ and ‘awesome’, you know that you have made a positive difference to how they feel about science and technology.”