Challenges for budding scientists in lessons

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CHILDREN at Milton Park Primary School will be treated to a day of science activities during National Science Week.

The concept, which has been devised by Portsmouth College teacher Caroline Morgan, is called ‘Lab on Tour’ and aims to get children interested in the subject.

Last year the team spent the afternoon doing fun activities with Year R but this year they have set themselves a task to cover the whole school.

Caroline said: ‘Instead of just covering Year R I thought we could set ourselves a challenge by covering the whole school from Year R to Year 6 in one day as I didn’t want any of the children to miss out.’

The aim is to complete this by having 20 Portsmouth College science A-level students to man 12 activity stations and to share their passion for science.

‘They have volunteered to help on this day and understand they will have to work very hard but this doesn’t seem to worry them as they are so keen to share their interest and make the children smile,’ said Caroline.

The children at Milton Park will act as mini scientists experiencing themed activities including rocket launching at the space station, amazing fire bubbles at the magic station and fingerprinting at the forensic lab.

Due to the scale of the event 10 bottles of vinegar have been bought, 15kg of bath bomb power and around 60 eggs.

Caroline said: ‘As well as opening up this fantastic opportunity to the whole school we are going to continue after the school day to help encourage parents to get involved and take in an interest in the child’s learning of science.’

National Science Week runs from March 13-20.