Bolton School Senior Girls

Science Festival Inspires and Challenges Primaries

Over 20 local primary schools visited Bolton School 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.

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 science book to take away with them. Prizes were awarded to the winners of challenges on the day.

Primary Liaison Coordinator, Miss Sarah Gorner said: “The Science Festival is always a great opportunity for Year 5 pupils to experience secondary school labs and equipment and really get involved with experiments that they would not normally be able to do. I was delighted to see how enthusiastic the pupils were and everyone had a very enjoyable day. Each school took away a book of science experiments which I hope that they will enjoy trying out back at school!”

Bolton School Science Festival 2013

Pupils learned how to dust for fingerprints

Bolton School Science Festival 2013

They had fun experimenting with chemical reactions

Bolton School Science Festival 2013

And took the marble run challenge