This event takes place at Guildhall each year and the Horners’ are represented with a stand.
The Showcase this year was in a different format, running over two days and involving primary as well as secondary schools. There was also a change of focus, with increased emphasis on careers advice. So our stand took the form of some “pulley-uppies” thanks to the Renter Warden, a looping PowerPoint presentation illustrating a variety of industries which use or generate plastics and a number of applications of polymers which Barry Maunders created, a version of the Science Opens Doors leaflets that Clive Thompson edited for this audience, and on the table a display comparing and contrasting a variety of paired objects where plastic has superseded other materials. Our twin aims were to show the advantages of polymers when sympathetically used and the importance of studying STEM subjects in keeping open a wide range of careers.