EXCITED pupils were inspired to pursue a career in science, after quizzing explorers working in northern Norway live over the internet.

A class of 12-year-olds from Eastwood Academy, in Rayleigh Road, chatted to a team of scientists working in a fjord in Svalbard, via video call service, Skype.

Science teacher Chris Muller said: “Although it was a short conversation of only 15 minutes or so, the impact that it had on our students was hugely successful.

“Although these students were in year 7, some were asking about how to get into this field of work, which is exactly what we need in young people – a drive and desire to get involved in science-based careers and vocations.”

Ten students were chosen to ask questions about the research, taking place within the Arctic Circle, as the rest of the class of 30 looked on.

The scientists were working in temperatures of -9C to discover how the acidity of the Arctic Sea is affecting small crustaceans called krill that many animals depend upon.

Pupil Alex Green, 12, said: “The scientist was very informative and enthusiastic, which made me think of studying to become a field scientist.

Overall, it was an inspirational opportunity, giving me ideas for a future career.”