Tate & Lyle and Newham LEA science challenge

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How do you replicate everything that happens at the world’s largest cane sugar refinery in just one laboratory? Twenty eight children - two gifted and talented year 9 scientists from each of the 14 participating schools in Newham - are taking part in the Tate & Lyle and Newham LEA Science Challenge. The pupils’ challenge is to examine the refining process at Tate & Lyle’s sugar refinery and replicate it in a university lab. The project begins on Monday 1st July and completes with an award ceremony on Friday 5th July. Newham VIP’s such as Councillor Graham Lane, Cabinet Member for Education, Newham Council will be attending the awards. The Science Challenge forms part of the celebration of the Year of Science, which began in the September term 2001. The scheme has been developed to celebrate science and demonstrate the practical applications of science in the real world, helping show the relevance of science by linking the school laboratory to large-scale industry. "Tate & Lyle are thrilled to be able to contribute to this project as part of our ongoing education programme," said Chris Fox, Director of Corporate Relations, "it is important for UK industry that science is fostered and encouraged in schools today. The challenge is a unique chance for children to see the importance of science in everyday life." The challenge begins at the University of East London, Royal Docks where pupils will have the chance to meet and take part in team activities. This will be followed by a tour of Tate & Lyle’s London refinery where they will don hard-hats and hairnets to see the refining process first hand. Returning to the university for the next two days pupils will have a chance to replicate the whole process in one room! The Tate & Lyle technical team will demonstrate various stages of the process in labs provided by the University of East London (UEL). Under supervision pupils then carry out each of the processes from mingling (softening the molasses coating around the raw sugar) to final crystallisation. From industrial to small scale each of the steps remains the same. To evaluate their analyses of the project, pupils have use of computers provided by UEL and are coached in presentation skills by Newham LEA staff. Finally, pupils put together their presentations and displays ready for the 5th July, when they will present their findings and analyses. The audience will include Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor, UEL, Pauline Maddison, Director of Education and Learning Newham LEA as well as Tate & Lyle staff. Certificates will be awarded to the students by Pauline Maddison. The Tate & Lyle and Newham LEA Science Challenge was originally piloted as a three-day event in July 2001 by Newham LEA and Tate & Lyle PLC. Newham LEA: Caroline Stone, 020 8430 6356

About Tate & Lyle: 
Tate & Lyle is a global provider of solutions and ingredients for food, beverage and industrial markets.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global divisions, Food & Beverage Solutions and Primary Products, supported by the Innovation and Commercial Development and Global Operations teams. Food & Beverage Solutions is focused on growth by building leading positions globally in the categories of beverages, dairy, and soups, sauces and dressings. Primary Products is focused on delivering steady earnings and generating cash.

Food & Beverage Solutions consists of: Texturants, including speciality starches; Sweeteners, including low- and no-calorie sweeteners; and a Health and Wellness portfolio comprising mainly speciality fibres; and Stabilisers and Functional Systems, which are bespoke ingredient blends that ensure foods retain their structure.

Primary Products consists of high-volume sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants).  It also sells co-products from the corn milling process as animal nutrition.

Tate & Lyle is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol TATE.L. American Depositary Receipts trade under TATYY. In the year to 31 March 2020, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.9 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com or follow Tate & Lyle on Twitter or Linkedin.