In­fants learn­ing sci­ence tricks

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Young­sters in Sun­der­land came to­gether to take part in a sci­ence day.

In­fants from across the city worked to­gether as part of the fun day to in­crease pupil en­gage­ment in sci­ence sub­jects.

Four in­fant schools took part, Barnes In­fant Academy, Hill View In­fant Academy, Di­a­mond Hall In­fant Academy and Grindon In­fant School.

They were thrilled to be tak­ing part in the Young Sci­ence Am­bas­sadors pro­gramme.

The aim of the na­tional scheme is to em­power chil­dren to help raise the pro­file of sci­ence in ev­ery school.

Four to six pupils were se­lected as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each school.

Th­ese chil­dren were trained to be­come sci­ence pre­sen­ters, learn­ing how to en­gage and amaze an au­di­ence whilst per­form­ing sci­ence tricks and demon­stra­tions.

Dur­ing the day the chil­dren took part in lot of events, in­clud­ing the stu­dents from Grindon In­fant School per­form­ing the self­in­flat­ing glove trick.

And, the stu­dents from Barnes In­fant Academy made rain­bows.

Now the pupils have the nec­es­sary ex­per­tise to lead assemblies and sci­ence shows, run lunchtime sci­ence clubs or en­ter­tain their peers with some play­ground ‘sci­ence busk­ing’.

On the day, the Young Sci­ence Am­bas­sadors were given their own lab coats and a box of equip­ment to take back to school so they could put their train­ing into prac­tice straight away.

The schools, teach­ers and chil­dren were awarded certificates at the end of their train­ing.

A spokesman for Steam­works Learn­ing, which ran the event, said: “The Young Sci­ence Am­bas­sadors took with them a list of tasks to pro­mote sci­ence in their school over the course of the year and will be re­port­ing back on their suc­cess through news­let­ters and so­cial me­dia.”

Steam­works is a not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion on a mis­sion to get more of the coun­try’s chil­dren en­gaged in STEAM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, art, maths and mak­ing).

They help schools and com­mu­ni­ties pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties to get kids in­volved by run­ning a range of out­stand­ing schemes through­out the UK.

Th­ese in­clude af­ter­school FabLabs, work­shop days, teacher CPD, Young Sci­ence Am­bas­sadors and Mak­erEd UK.

Based in Dron­field, the or­gan­i­sa­tion also pro­vides ex­pert ad­vice and con­sul­tancy on STEM and STEAM out­reach and ed­u­ca­tion on a na­tional scale.

“Pro­mote sci­ence in their school over the course of the year” STEAM­WORKS

Sun­der­land young­sters per­form a sci­ence trick.

For schools, pupils and par­ents With Ed­u­ca­tion Re­porter Sue Kirby [email protected]­

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