Pupils from across Bath get to grips with science

Hundreds of school children from the city have enjoyed making fossils and controlling LEGO robots as part of the Bath Taps into Science event held at the University of Bath and Green Park station.

Twenty five exhibitions were on display this year, many of which were run by local school pupils who had been trained as expert presenters, able to explain the science behind their demonstrations to visitors.

Children enjoyed exploring surface tension using 'gloop' at the event

This year’s event also featured a display on volcanoes brought by a school from Madrid. The Spanish students were learning to communicate scientific ideas in English and local pupils enjoyed the opportunity to meet European peers.

The fair took place at the University campus on Friday 18 March and at Green Park station on Saturday 19 March. It was estimated to have attracted over 700 school children.

Nine-year-old Ben Marcussen from Widcombe School said: "I have enjoyed the event a lot, I think the gloop stand is my favourite. Your hands get stuck in the gloop and it’s really gooey. It’s amazing; I have never seen anything like it before! We don't get to use gloop enough in school."

The event also showcased the University of Bath’s links with other universities and organisations across the South West.

The ‘meet a medic stand’ was brought by the University of Bristol’s student medical society the 'Galenicals' and the Clifton Scientific Trust. It allowed children to experience and have a go at some of the techniques currently being studied by the students.

Albert Krolikowski, ten, from St Martin's School said: "We have been practising first aid. We used a dummy with fruit stuck in its throat and we learnt how to make it come back out. It’s really interesting and important to learn, now I have seen it on a dummy I think I will be more likely to remember it."

Students showed pupils how to project sound around the room using a simple umbrella

Above all though the event was aimed at making science accessible and enjoyable for each child who attended.

Hannah Warren, ten, from St Martin's School said: "It is a lot more fun to learn about science here than in school, there are lots of different schools showing different experiments. I really like it!"

The annual event was organised by mathematics Professor Chris Budd. He said “The highlight of this year’s event is the range of exhibits that have been brought together, from our friends at other universities, schools in Spain or those based locally in Bath.

“I don’t think it is difficult to get young people interested in maths & science, they are naturally enthusiastic about it when given the opportunity to experience it first hand.”

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