Scientist Brian Cox holds summer master class in London for kids

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By Holly Rubenstein

(Reuters) - British physics professor Brian Cox taught students at St. Paul's Way Trust School in London on Tuesday how to create fire with methane gas.

The school is hosting a science summer school and invited the celebrity physicist, who says he hopes the project will bring in those from different backgrounds.

"We often hear - it's true actually - that we have a shortage across the world of scientists and engineers," Cox told Reuters.

But Cox, an advanced fellow of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester, noted that a shortage of engineers does not translate into a lack of interest from students.

"There is no shortage of enthusiasm for students and young people when you talk about science and engineering," Cox said.

The students agreed, noting that performing experiments with Cox ignited their interest in the subject.

"It makes science more fun and practical and makes you want to find out how stuff like that happens," one student said standing in front of a wall filled with science charts.

"Because of what he was saying it gave me ideas of what I could actually do and it helped me a lot," another student chimed.   Continued...

Britain's Prince Charles (L) and British particle physicist Brian Cox applaud during the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards at the Odeon Leicester Square, in central London March 23, 2011.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett