Kids board historic warship to discover wonders of science

EXPERIMENT Dr Tim Mason, from the school of pharmacy and biomedical sciences at the University of Portsmouth teaches Taylor Clifton, 10, from St Jude's School in Fareham about DNA.    Picture: Sarah Standing (110827-5682)
EXPERIMENT Dr Tim Mason, from the school of pharmacy and biomedical sciences at the University of Portsmouth teaches Taylor Clifton, 10, from St Jude's School in Fareham about DNA. Picture: Sarah Standing (110827-5682)
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WHETHER it was making bouncy balls from glue, reading Radar or discovering DNA, hundreds of youngsters learnt about the wonders of science at a fair on the historic HMS Warrior.

Schoolchildren boarded the famous warship at The Hard, Portsmouth, to carry out a range of experiments.

GREEN Hugh MacDonald-Parry, 11, and Finley Bowers, 11, learning about recycling.   (110827-5692)

GREEN Hugh MacDonald-Parry, 11, and Finley Bowers, 11, learning about recycling. (110827-5692)

The annual event – which has been going for the past 17 years – gave ‘the best science lesson ever’.

One of the exciting activities came from Farlington-based Pall Europe, which taught youngsters how to make bouncy balls from PVA glue, flour and dye.

Thrilled 11-year-old George Caister, who attends Meon Junior School, said: ‘It’s the best science lesson we’ve ever had.

‘We should do this at school – then I’d find science much more interesting.’

Matt Edwards, who is a senior analytical chemist at Pall Europe, said: ‘This is the first year I’ve done this and it’s been really good. A career in science is very rewarding and we need to get that across to kids.’

Another stall that was a hit with the pupils was Selex Galileo’s demonstration of making model casts from plaster of Paris.

To giggles from pupils, the Hilsea firm, which makes castings of parts for the aerospace industry, encouraged teachers and parents to dress up in their protective gear.

Rachel Morgan, 34, who was looking after a group from St Jude’s school in Fareham, said: ‘It’s been a fantastic day.

‘The children have had a whale of a time.’

About 1,200 pupils will attend this week’s fair, organised by Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership.