Pupils from Chichester High School got hands-on with science at a day hosted by the Departments of Life Science and Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex.
They explored the chemistry of stars, the physics of infra-red light and the biology behind medicines.
The pupils also met the next generation of scientific experts and found out options for further education and careers in science.
Activities included The Pharmacy Shop, where the pupils learned what goes into a diagnosis and the importance of correct treatments.
They also learned about genetic variation, exploring the intricacies of what makes individuals unique, and played with a thermal camera, which participants find themselves in usually invisible infra-red light.
Pupils learned more about spectral lamps, observing the colour within to understand how we view gases in spac.
Another activity explored superconductivity, where pupils were invited to find out how to make things fly.
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