Friday, 24 April 2009

UK school children celebrate science

It is always great to see young people embracing science and this week two news stories highlighted the ways in which UK school children are getting in on the action.

In Bristol, a new £36 million secondary school celebrated its official opening with a science fun day. The Redland Green School hosted Professor Sykes, presenter of BBC TV's Rough Science and Professor of Science & Society at Bristol University, along with the university's ChemLabS presenters, who led a series of science-related events that included explosions and a workshop covering the physics of ice cream.

Redland Green School head teacher Sarah Baker said: "The whole RGS community is very excited about officially marking our opening and we're especially delighted to welcome Professor Sykes and the University of Bristol ChemLabS team. Their input will make an important day for everyone here fun as well as memorable."
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Whilst over in Norfolk, a 58ft Starchaser Nova 2 rocket, the UK's largest ever space rocket was sent by lorry to Acle High School. Pupils were shown the rocket and were given a talk about Britain's space industry as part of the school's celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. The rocket will tour 100 schools before being launched.

Around 30 of the students will join children from 99 other schools throughout the country in November to watch its test launch at Morecambe Bay.

Head of Science Helen Banfill said: “We had the rocket here on the back of a lorry for the children to have a look at and there were quite a lot of kids standing round in the playground just staring at it - it's massive and silver.

“We had a member of the Starchaser company here and Years 7, 8 and 9 gave talks about the history of the company and its aims for the future.

“A lot of the students have been inspired to consider working in the space industry - a lot of them didn't know that the industry was alive and kicking in this country.

“Hopefully it will encourage more students to study maths and physics, because at the moment a lot of them tend to think they are hard and so choose softer options.”

Read more: Bristol Evening Post and Norwich Evening News

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