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Wellacre Celebrates British Science Week with Trafford Primary Children

Posted at 3:08 pm on 22nd March, 2018

British Science Week at Wellacre

Wellacre invited local primary school children to join in a series of exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) events in celebration of British Science Week, from 12th to 16th March.

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Acre Hall Primary School experienced Wellacre’s ‘Flash Bang’ roadshow at their school in Flixton and enjoyed using scientific equipment and resources for a wide variety of interactive, colourful and, sometimes, noisy and fiery, Science experiments!

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Year 8 Wellacre STEM Ambassador students were on hand to demonstrate the experiments and assist Year 3 to Year 6 children.

Logan Vickers, Year 8 student at Wellacre, said:

“I used to come to Acre Hall, so I know lots of the pupils and I wanted to help them with the experiments; they asked lots of good Science questions, which I answered”

Experiments included creating 3D shapes from magnets, observing cells under a microscope, discovering chromatography with ink, testing acids and alkalis, learning about reflection by building periscopes and learning about polymers by driving a skewer through a balloon without making it pop!

Year 4 Acre Hall pupil, Kara, said:

“I really liked learning about things we haven’t done before in primary school.”

Wellacre also welcomed Victoria Park Junior School Year 5 pupils from Stretford for the Polar Explorer Challenge, a series of arctic-themed experiments.

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To prepare for a Polar expedition, pupils were tasked with designing a boat to carry the largest load of ‘food, water and scientific equipment’ much like the ‘Sir David Attenborough’.  They also tested and compared materials to find the best insulator to make clothing suitable for temperatures of -30 degrees.

Davani, from Victoria Park, said:

“The experiments were more fun than what we do at primary school.  We had really good teamwork and did well in the challenges.”

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Fellow pupil, Sarah, added:

“I can’t wait to go to high school so I can do lots more experiments like these; the tests have been different and more advanced. I really liked it!”

Mr Nassau, Wellacre’s Assistant Leader of Science and STEM Co-ordinator, said:

“The experience for all students was fantastic. Wellacre boys were able to show off their scientific knowledge and Acre Hall pupils experienced something new.  The enthusiasm and engagement showed by all pupils was delightful; it was a resounding ‘YES’ when I asked everyone if they had enjoyed themselves at Wellacre’s Flash Bang roadshow.”