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Rockets launch pupils’ excitement for Science

 

Saltburn Primary teamed up with Redcar & Cleveland College to offer various activities as part of British Science Week this week.

Year 6 pupils worked in one of Huntcliff’s Science labs as preparation for this, experiencing their first use of a Bunsen burner and exploring the properties of various different materials. They also got the opportunity to ask Jim Penketh, who is the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Coordinator at the college, questions on the skills needed to progress into a career in science.

Today the pupils learned how to create and test-launch their own rocket – an activity designed to get them thinking about fundamental principles of science, including the impact of heat, kinetic energy, pressure and gravity.

Pupils and staff are also really excited at the prospect of a questions and answer session with Saltburn-born astronaut Dr Nicholas Patrick, which will hopefully help to get more children engaged in STEM subjects.