Primary Pupils are Scientists for a Day
Tuesday, 03 July 2012
Twenty six 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. Local schools entered teams of four who spent the morning in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics laboratories undertaking a number of challenging practical activities, assisted by their own "Science Buddies" - pupils from the Girls' Division and Boys' Division.
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 constructed marble runs taking the laws of Physics into account, and undertook a number of fun experiments involving chemical reactions and hydrogen explosions!
In the afternoon, pupils were amazed by Richard Robinson's science show 'Life, the Universe and Everything', followed by an awards ceremony to recognise their efforts throughout the day. Each pupil was presented with a certificate, and each school received a copy of '100 Science Experiments' to take away with them. Prizes were awarded to the winners of challenges on the day - to Mytham CPS who won the Science Knowledge Quiz and to Clarendon Cottage School who won the marble run challenge with a very impressive time of 57 seconds.