An annual festival is encouraging more than 1,000 primary school pupils from across north Wales to think about taking up careers in the Government’s priority subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Pupils from over 40 schools in north Wales and Cheshire are taking part in the 2010 Wrexham Science Festival Schools Programme.

The event, which has been running throughout National Science and Engineering Week, engages pupils in science through interactive, themed activities.

These include presentations which challenge youngsters to build meteorites and paper planes – to learn about the science behind astronomy and flight – and talks on composting, chemistry, magnetism and the materials science behind sand.

Guest speakers have been provided from the likes of Wrexham-based pharmaceuticals company Wockhardt UK, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s North West Trust and the British Women Pilots’ Association.

Steve Conway, organiser of the Wrexham Science Festival Primary Schools Programme 2010, said: "Aside from being of hugely important to the future development of UK industry, science is exciting, challenging and rewarding – and the primary schools programme aims to take all of this into our schools.

"The events cover a broad range of subjects – from geology and chemistry to engineering and astronomy – and they’re always hugely popular with young children," added Steve, of Schools Science Festival.

The Institution of Civil Engineers Wales Cymru is supporting many of the workshops in north Wales primary schools, including one which focuses on Geodesic, a type of structure used for radar domes and some planetariums - and one of the most complex structures that can be assembled by junior children.

Keith Jones, director of ICE Wales Cymru, said: "ICE Wales Cymru is pleased to be associated with the Wrexham Science Festival and the timing of these workshops during National Science and Engineering Week is a great opportunity for children to be introduced to some of the challenges faced by civil engineers, whether designing storage facilities or more complicated structures or developing highways or building bridges.

"Civil engineers are highly skilled individuals with a flair for problem solving with excellent earning potential and we would like to encourage young people to consider civil engineering as a future career path."

Public events for the 2010 Wrexham Science Festival are being held from Thursday 1 July to Saturday 10 July 2010.

This includes an eight day programme of science-themed talks and presentations and Scientriffic, the hands-on science event, on Saturday 3 July 2010.

A science-based competition will run as part of the festival, tied to one of the event’s four themes for 2010.

These are Earth and the Universe; The Animal World; Human Mind and Body and Bright Sparks.

A full programme of events will be release shortly. To receive a copy of the printed programme when it becomes available email and get your name added to the festival mailing list.

For more information about Wrexham Science Festival 2010 visit , call 01978 293466 or follow the festival online on Facebook Groups or twitter at @wrexhamscifest.