Science experiments inspire Portsmouth students

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COLOURFUL experiments, quizzes and a look at the stars showed girls at a Southsea school how much fun science can be.

A week filled with activities to mark National Science Week was a big hit at Portsmouth High School.

Events kicked off with a house quiz where budding scientists had their knowledge tested to the limits with a range of questions like ‘how many atoms make up the head of a pin?’

Every lunchtime was taken up with science-based activities, and Year 7 girls investigated acids and alkalis, producing a colourful array of test tubes and filter papers in their experiments.

A highlight of last week was a whirlwind lecture of galaxies and the universe, led by Dr Daniel Thomas from the University of Portsmouth.

Bryony Connor, 15, who is sitting her GCSEs this summer, said: ‘The cosmology lecture was really interesting. It was amazing to get a sense the vastness of the universe and how beautiful the galaxies are.’

Anthea Hunter, head of science, said: ‘Science Week provides exciting opportunities to extend pupils’ knowledge beyond the curriculum.

‘The activities and lectures often inspire pupils to study science before pursuing related careers in medicine, engineering and the caring professions.’