Popping Candy Workshop at Plymouth University (November 2019)
24 of our budding scientists from across Years 3,4,5 and 6 took part in an interactive workshop at Plymouth University, in collaboration with the "Children's University". The aim of the trip was to allow children to have a glimpse into life as a student, whilst appreciating the link between science achievement at primary school and higher education study within the science disciplines.
The workshop started with an introduction from a PhD student, who helped the children to define what an explosion is, and to recap the difference between physical and chemical changes to materials. Then came the really fun bit - the children got to create their own "popping candy", and to investigate the physical and chemical changes which occurred.
After lunch in one of the many lecture theatres, the children went on a tour of the University to find out what life might be like as a student. The children hunted for letter clues, which they later combined to form the word "Graduation".
The day was a huge success, and inspired many of our children to think about study and possible careers in the sciences. It also raised awareness of the huge benefits to taking part in the Children's University passport scheme. If your child is interested in joining, and being rewarded for their participation in extra-curricular clubs (held in and out of school), please contact Mr. Wootton.