More than 300 pupils had their eyes opened to the wonders of science during a STEM day at a Beyton school.
Year 6 children from 15 primary schools in the area descended on Thurston Sixth Beyton Campus on Tuesday for a day of science, engineering and maths. The event was put on to showcase the link between what is taught in the classroom and the wider word.
“We try to do things that excite the students and are visually interesting to get them interested in science,” said Rachel Gooch, STEM director at the school in Drinkstone Road.
As well as a series of experiments, including one involving setting the contents of a teabag alight while on a £10 note, students were also given advice about careers in science by a STEM ambassador.
During morning and afternoon sessions pupils performed activities which demonstrated scientific principles and took part in a competitive relay maths challenge.
“It was a very busy day,” said Mrs Gooch.
“The children had a lovely time. They found it very engaging and there was lots of good scientific conversations going on.”
STEM Days are designed to complement the National Curriculum and have been found to be beneficial to students in the process of choosing their options before the step up to Key Stage 4.