Pupils given a fragrant look into the world of a scientist

A pupil from Greenfields Primary School at Wideopen is seen watching an experiment as part of a science event at Seaton Burn Community College.
A pupil from Greenfields Primary School at Wideopen is seen watching an experiment as part of a science event at Seaton Burn Community College.
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MORE than 130 primary school pupils enjoyed a fragrant look at science and how it can help solve world problems.

The Year Four students from Hazelwood, Fordley, Burradon and Greenfields primary schools visited Seaton Burn Community College to join scientists from Newcastle University and Proctor & Gamble’s Newcastle research facility.

They were joined by teachers and sixth form students at the college for a day of experiments and discoveries.

During the day, the youngsters carried out commercial science experiments.

One of their tasks was to use science methods to manufacture perfumes, with their products being judged for their potential on the open market.

They also carried out experiments to find out about colour science and its possible uses and exploring how science is used to solve problems all over the world.

The ‘Super Science’ event is part of Seaton Burn College’s ongoing work to involve children in science at an early age, in the hope that more might pursue academic qualifications or careers in the field.

Principal Alison Shaw, said: “The children of today are the scientists who will change the world of tomorrow.

“That is why we are working with our local primary schools to introduce science at an early stage, and in an engaging and interactive way.

“By doing so, we hope to inspire a lifelong curiosity and interest in the subject, which will lead to more pupils pursuing academic qualifications or careers in the field, later in life.

“We are very grateful for the ongoing support we get from P&G and Newcastle University, in this work.”

Professor Roy Sandbach, Research Fellow with P&G and governor at Seaton Burn Community College, said: “We are proud to welcome these enthusiastic young learners to our school and delighted that they are so curious and excited about their science learning.”

“It is this curiosity which we wish to foster as they begin to tackle more advance scientific concepts in later years.”