From launching water rockets to a virtual lesson in outer space, primary school children from across the New Forest were given a fun day’s introduction to the world of secondary education.
More than 400 Year 5 students from Ashley Junior, Hordle Primary, Tiptoe Primary, St Luke’s Primary in Sway, Bransgore Primary, New Milton Junior and Stourfield Junior were treated to a day of hands-on activities and lectures from guest speakers.
Southampton University also brought along its very own astrodome – one of the South’s most mobile planetariums that digitally immerses people into outer space.
Another highlight of the day was medieval barber surgeon McCreadie and his scientific horrors of yesteryear.
Headteacher of The Arnewood School, Nigel Pressnell, said: “This year’s STEM day was a fantastic success and it was wonderful to welcome so many primary children to our school.
“With the help of our special guests we organised a packed day of interactive workshops to show younger children just what fun learning the core subjects at secondary school can be.”
During the day the children also developed analytical skills whilst playing rounders and cricket and took part in activities revolving around maths, science, drama, art and food technology.
The event culminated in the children launching their water propelled rockets into the skies over the playground.
Bransgore Primary School pupil, Bethany Cohu aged 10, said: “Some of us made and launched a rocket – we loved using the machines.
“With this activity we still had to use maths but even that was fun!”
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