8th July 2014

Buckyball Workshop out of this World!

Harry Kroto - Buckyball Workshop

Scientists of tomorrow will venture on a voyage of discovery in an enthralling workshop hosted by an internationally renowned Nobel Prize winner and University of Sheffield graduate.

Professor Sir Harry Kroto, who is known world-wide as both a scientist and a charismatic motivator of young people, will present his innovative Buckyball Workshop to more than 50 pupils from Holy Trinity School, Barnsley and Monteney Primary School, Sheffield.

Sir Harry was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1996 for his discovery of a new form of carbon: buckyballs. Shaped like a traditional football, these carbon fullerene molecules are made of pentagons and hexagons. The breakthrough has previously been named by fellow academics as one of the ten most important discoveries made by their peers at UK universities in the past 60 years.

Kirsten Fretwell, Outreach Activities Officer at the University of Sheffield, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for primary school pupils to meet the renowned scientist, and Noble Prize winner, Professor Sir Harry Kroto and take part in an enjoyable day of hands-on science activities. We hope the day will spark their interest and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”