What an ice way to learn about science

Angela Etheridge, head of science at Emmanuel Middle School in Verwood conducts live experiments with dry ice as part of the school’s Science Week,

Angela Etheridge, head of science at Emmanuel Middle School in Verwood conducts live experiments with dry ice as part of the school’s Science Week,

Youngsters at one Dorset school spent a whole week unearthing new discoveries in a fun-packed Science Week.

Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, staged daily fun scientific activities for its pupils to try out, including taking part in a dry ice extravaganza.

With a special theme of ‘journeys’ a different activity was held every lunchtime for the children to pop in and try.

From examining raisins to see the nucleation process of carbon dioxide build-up to discovering how model boats can be propelled using the force of washing up liquid, the students got to enjoy a wide range of the sciences.

Executive headteacher, Ron Jenkinson, said: “For Science Week our special theme was designed to take students on a journey of different scientific activities that might not be covered in the curriculum.

“It was wonderful to see so many of our students get involved and show such enthusiasm for science.

“This week was made possible thanks to our head of science, Angela Etheridge, who planned and ran all the events.”

Angela Etheridge, head of science at Emmanuel Middle School in Verwood conducts live experiments with dry ice as part of the school’s Science Week,

Angela Etheridge, head of science at Emmanuel Middle School in Verwood conducts live experiments with dry ice as part of the school’s Science Week,

Emmanuel’s special week was launched with an assembly to engage the students in the possibilities of science both now and in the future.

And in addition to the lunchtime activities, which also included creating flying machines, the students were also encouraged to enter two competitions.

The first competition was set by the British Science Association to design a poster for Science Week and for the second challenge, the school called on the students to produce their own journey sticks.

CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “This has been a fantastic event, which has really brought science alive for our students.

“Events like these not only engage the children but also help to inspire them to consider a career in the sciences.”

Students at Emmanuel Middle School in Verwood take part in live experiments with dry ice as part of the school’s Science Week,

Students at Emmanuel Middle School in Verwood take part in live experiments with dry ice as part of the school’s Science Week,

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association, is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

 

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