Sophia’s hair-raising day with the AVA Fellows

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On the 16th February Sophia Engel and her mum Karen visited the QUASAR Group at the Cockcroft Institute to learn more about the research and goal of the AVA network.

Sophia, who is a high achiever in maths, was a close friend to Ava Scott (the girl behind the name of the project) before Ava sadly passed away in 2013. The AVA Fellows Bianca, Milena and Volodymyr were keen to meet Sophia and to learn more about Ava Scott.

After a tour of the site, Sophia was shown how a Van de Graaff generator can build up enough static electricity to make hair stand up. She was also the first player of our in house designed game, The Surfatron!

Sophia “really enjoyed getting to know a bit more about the science, especially the work on cancer treatment. It was an amazing experience.”

Sophia has a keen interest in Physics and we hope to welcome her back one day in the future as a PhD student here at the Cockcroft Institute.