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Higgs team head Dr Lyn Evans to inspire Welsh pupils

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The Welsh head of the project behind the search for the Higgs Boson has joined a campaign to encourage more pupils to study science.

Aberdare-born Dr Lyn Evans hopes to inspire 14 and 15 years olds at Afon Taf High School, Merthyr Tydfil, on Friday.

The head of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, wants to help create a strong science talent pool of the future.

It is part of a Welsh government campaign.

Dr Evans studied physics at what was then the University of Wales, Swansea, and completed a PhD in 1970.

He will join Education Minister Huw Lewis and Wales' chief scientific adviser Prof Julie Williams at the school on Friday.

Ahead of the Focus on Science campaign launch, Mr Lewis said: "We want to spread the message that science is fun, that the skills and knowledge gained in science lessons are directly relevant to many jobs and industries, and that science really can pave the way to a stimulating and financially rewarding career.

'Encourage more girls'

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"We particularly want to encourage more girls into science.

"Currently only 18% of those learners studying physics A level in Wales are girls. This is far too low and it is something we need to address."

In last year's international Pisa tests, there was a dip in the performance in the science element from Wales. As a result, more money has also been pumped into schools to give the subjects a boost.

Despite the disappointment in the Pisa tests, there was more encouraging news in last year's GCSE results with improvements in chemistry, physics and biology.

At the moment there is a review of the entire curriculum which will report back in the new year.

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