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Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Twenty eight Primary schools visited Bolton School this week for
a Science Festival aimed at inspiring young minds.
The festival provided an opportunity for gifted young pupils
from Year 5 to make use of Bolton School's laboratories and
resources and to absorb themselves in Science for the day. Schools
from Bolton, Bury, North and West Manchester, Preston, Wigan and
Leigh entered teams of four who spent the morning in Biology and
Chemistry laboratories undertaking a number of challenging forensic
and chemical practical activities, assisted by their own "Science
Buddies" - pupils from the Girls' Division and Boys'
The pupils got to take part in forensic science activities
including blood testing, fingerprinting, chemical analysis of soil
samples, chromatography and microscopic fibre examination. They
also undertook a number of fun experiments involving chemical
reactions and produced a variety of colours and smells, including
Prussian Blue and Ammonia.
Head of St Catherine's school Karen Graham said: "It has been a
fabulous day for the children. They have been able to explore
things they cannot explore at primary school and having the chance
to take part in practical experiments has made science interesting
In the afternoon, pupils were amazed by a science magic show by
Richard Robinson followed by an awards ceremony to recognise their
efforts throughout the day. There were a number of prizes awarded
to schools: St Catherine's won the Science Knowledge Quiz prize,
Broadoak won the Biology Prize (Forensic Science activity) and
Sunning Hill won the Chemistry Prize. The overall Science Festival
prize winners were The Valley and they were presented with a range
of prizes including science books as well as a cheque for £150 for
the school to spend on science equipment.
Year 5 pupil Zain from The Valley School said: "I liked the
chemistry best - it was fun mixing the different chemicals,
watching them changing colour and listening to them go pop!"
Mrs Keech, Classroom Assistant at St Paul's Astley Bridge said:
"It is great for the children to have access to labs and to much
more advanced equipment than we have at our school; it has been a
really interesting and fun day for them too."
Miss Sarah Gorner, organiser (along with Dr Sara Wastie and
Mr Mark Jones) of the event said: "This is always a special
day in the Bolton School calendar and reminds me of what teaching
is all about - inspiring a love of science in the young that they
will hopefully carry with them into the future. There was
certainly some promising scientific minds at work today! The
Year 10 helpers also need to be commended for their work in making
the day run so smoothly."
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