Youngsters all up in the air over appliance of science

Flying towards the British Science Festival 2013 are Francesca Lesley Burridge, Kaia Lily Swinburne and James Styles of Southridge First School in Whitley Bay.
Flying towards the British Science Festival 2013 are Francesca Lesley Burridge, Kaia Lily Swinburne and James Styles of Southridge First School in Whitley Bay.
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YOUNGSTERS have proved they are high-fliers while learning about the appliance of science.

In the build-up to this year’s British Science Festival, being held in Newcastle in September, a campaign has been launched entitled Ideas Take Flight to give young and old alike the chance to help shape the content of the six-day event.

The campaign’s first stop was Southridge First School in Whitley Bay to give two classes of eight-year-olds the opportunity to ask a scientist questions about flight.

Newcastle University lecturer Professor Robin Johnson took along a scale model of Gateshead’s Angel of the North to explain the principles of flight and to explore whether the real Antony Gormley sculpture could fly if it had the means to take off in the first place.

Gateshead artist Yvette Hawkins held workshops teaching origami and also kirigami, a form of origami involving cutting, to create paper versions of the Angel of North, birds and butterflies.

Teacher Marlynn Rosario said: “The workshops have been absolutely brilliant and have really inspired the children about the subject of flight.

“They soaked up lots of facts, had a chance to have their questions answered and put their listening skills to the test.

“The session has certainly whetted their appetite for the British Science Festival too, and I’m sure many of the children will be encouraging their families to get involved when the time comes.”

A selection of the children’s work is being showcased on the campaign’s website at www.ideastakeflight.org