ROBOTS, animal skulls and giant bubbles were on display as children from across Cornwall celebrated extracurricular study with the Children's University scheme.
The event, at the Tremough Campus in Penryn, bought together more than 150 young learners for the first graduation ceremony of the nationwide project, which encourages 5-to-14-year-olds to study out of school hours.
The youngsters also took part in a wide range of educational workshops with local colleges, universities, businesses and learning providers, organised by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership.
"There were robots, giant bubbles, microscopes, 'minibeasts', musical instruments, animal skulls, skeletons and skins, to name just a few of the exhibits on offer," said Lisa Neville of Cornwall Learning, which manages the Children's University (CU) in Cornwall.
"Our graduations are a great celebration of their achievements and for this event we wanted to make it extra special with the addition of an interactive learning zone."
The children were also presented with certificates to reward them for clocking up hundreds of hours of independent learning as part of CU.
Some eager pupils had recorded as many as 600 hours of study outside school hours.
The first group of youngsters, from the Redruth, Pool and Camborne area, were presented with their certificates by Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council's Cabinet member for children and young people.
Beverly Hulme, Mayor of Penryn, carried out the presentations for the second group of children from schools and clubs in Hayle, Liskeard, Looe, St Cleer, Ludgvan, Helston, Mullion, Newquay, Truro, Stithians, St Day and Penryn.
The event was hosted by the University of Exeter and Falmouth University at the campus they share in Penryn.