PRIMARY school pupils got hands on at a science fair held at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Hundreds of youngsters learned about science at a three-day event for Year 5 and 6 classes held at Action Stations and aboard the Victorian warship HMS Warrior.
The fair sees companies based around south Hampshire set up workshops to bring science to life.
Using the setting as an influence, pupils used a digital microscope to examine some rope from Henry VIII’s Tudor flagship Mary Rose.
They played with weights to learn how ships float on water.
And in a modern twist, Purbrook charity The Rowans Hospice gave students the opportunity to discover how a medical nebuliser works.
The fair, which has been running for 19 years, is run by Portsmouth Education Business Partnership – a not-for-profit company.
By the time the fair ends today, 1,100 pupils will have passed through the doors.
Event organiser Jacquie Jones said: ‘It’s gone fantastically well. We had 22 schools here this year and activities have been run by 38 local businesses.
‘We’ve had companies like Portsmouth Water teaching pupils how they filter water and HMS Sultan and HMS Collingwood here using telescopes and thermal imaging.
‘The aim is to enthuse pupils to enjoy science and see how it works and we hope when they start secondary school they keep being interested in it.’