YOUNGSTERS had the chance to get ‘hands on’ with science as part of an event staged by the University of Southampton.

Doors to the campus were opened to a younger generation to help inspire a new crop of scientists and engineers.

The family-themed event gave the public the chance to find out about everything from the importance of bacteria, how an electric car works and how data is transmitted around the world.

Professor William Powrie, Dean of Engineering and the Environment, said: “One of the aims of the University’s Science and Engineering Festival is to inspire interest in these fascinating subjects and demonstrate just how exciting they can be.

“I really hope that these events spark enthusiasm and prove influential in persuading many of the young people visiting to choose science or engineering as a career.”