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Smashing stereotypes and exploring the wonders of science

This week, during British Science Week, the theme Smashing Stereotypes has been brought to life for the students of Benjamin Adlard Primary School, with a focus on celebrating the diverse people and careers in science and engineering!

Following an appeal on the local radio, Luke Lovelidge, Headteacher, secured presentations for daily assemblies from a range of people who use science in their jobs. From Senior Computational Chemists, laboratory analysts from a company who recycle food waste to produce energy, to midwives, the students were inspired and captivated.

The science spark was not confined to the school day, children and their families were invited to participate in a quest of discovery and exploration on the Tuesday evening, at the school’s outdoor provision Roots. The interactive event showcased the wonders of science in a fun and engaging way, igniting curiosity and building upon a love for science amongst attendees of all ages. From fascinating experiments and hands-on activities to captivating demonstrations and pond dipping, there was something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

Highlights of the community science event included:

Hands-on Experiments: Children and their families will have the opportunity to get hands-on and explore the wonders of wildlife up close, gaining valuable insights into the intricate ecosystem of the school pond.

Sustainable Practices: The school’s outdoor learning programme, Roots, which includes the newly launched micro farm, will be showcased to educate attendees about sustainable practices such as growing, sharing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling. Families will be actively encouraged to join in efforts to address
urgent global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution.

Interactive Demonstrations: Attendees can look forward to exciting activities like creating erupting volcanoes, launching bottle rockets, and exploring light and dark sheds. Additionally, parents will have access to the potting sheds and polytunnels as part of the micro farm experience.

Luke Lovelidge, Benjamin Adlard Headteacher, said:

“We’re thrilled to open our doors to the local community and share our passion for science with children and their families. Science is all around us, and this event provides a fantastic opportunity for everyone to explore, ask questions, and enjoy scientific discovery together.”

The event, part of a week-long celebration of science at the school, is aimed at smashing stereotypes: “We want the children to grasp the diverse career opportunities science offers and to shift their perception that all scientists wear white coats and have crazy hair.”