School science fair in Bury St Edmunds dazzles with winning formula

Science Festival at County Upper School 

Pictured: Digby Hayden (Deputy Head boy) showing the audience some experiments ANL-160320-183819009
Science Festival at County Upper School Pictured: Digby Hayden (Deputy Head boy) showing the audience some experiments ANL-160320-183819009
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A school science fair proved the subject is about more than ‘nerds in white coats’ after dazzling hundreds of people with a winning formula of activities.

The Bury St Edmunds All-Throught Trust event at County Upper School attracted 600 pupils from across Suffolk and Norfolk on Friday and proved equally popular when it opened its doors to the community on Saturday.

Science Festival at County Upper School 

Pictured: The Knight family looking at different things under the microscope ANL-160320-183947009

Science Festival at County Upper School Pictured: The Knight family looking at different things under the microscope ANL-160320-183947009

Celebrating British Science Week, the fair boasted an innovative mixture of demonstrations from 15 local companies including chocolate welding, hydrogen fuel cells and flavour making.

A planetarium from the University of Hertfordshire proved popular as well as a chemistry show and mini-scientists room for under fives.

Vicky Neale, head at County Upper School, said: “People think it’s just about nerds in white coats but this motivated them to think about it differently. We’ve had a huge number of really nice comments saying they were so impressed by everything and felt the contribution made by all of the pupils really elevated it.”

The event featured nearly 50 student helpers from across the trust.

Science Festival at County Upper School 

Pictured: Billy Roddick with a dry ice experiment ANL-160320-183841009

Science Festival at County Upper School Pictured: Billy Roddick with a dry ice experiment ANL-160320-183841009

Earlier in the week, County Upper welcomed 40 students from Japan. County Upper was chosen by the Department for Education for the visit due to its reputation for science.

Science Festival at County Upper School 

Pictured: Jess Gottgens and Emily Fox with a hydrogen experiment ANL-160320-183903009

Science Festival at County Upper School Pictured: Jess Gottgens and Emily Fox with a hydrogen experiment ANL-160320-183903009