A mobile science lab is sparking interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) across Europe for the third year.

Known as the Curiosity Cube, this innovative mobile science lab, created by science and technology firm Merck, recently engaged more than 600 pupils from seven schools in west Suffolk.

The pupils tried their hand at becoming scientists at the travelling Cube, which was present at the Haverhill Science Festival.

The pupils delved into sustainability experiments centred around the lifecycle of a T-shirt.

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They explored fabric types used in fashion through microscopes, created windmills capable of powering model t-shirt factories and learned how to recycle an old T-shirt into a new one using a threading machine.

Rachel Jacobs, quality manager at Merck Haverhill, said: "I had a fantastic time volunteering at the local schools and the Haverhill Science Festival.

"Hopefully, we will be back again next year.”

Launched in 2017, the solar-powered Curiosity Cube travels across Europe to schools and public events.

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Here, Merck scientists teach participants about different aspects of science, fostering curiosity and exposing them to potential science careers.

Through its efforts, the Curiosity Cube also hopes to address the necessity of encouraging diverse voices in STEM.

According to a recent Merck survey, 48% of middle school pupils find it challenging to envisage themselves as scientists.

The Cube aims to bridge this gap by showcasing hands-on experiences in the field of science.

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The 2024 Curiosity Cube tour is expected to reach 45,000 pupils across the globe at more than 280 events in 14 countries.

The European leg of the tour began in April and has included various countries, including the United Kingdom.