Melbourn Village College students enjoy special activities for British Science Week

PUBLISHED: 12:21 26 March 2018

Pupils were treated to a fun-filled week of science at Melbourn Village College. Picture: MVC

Pupils were treated to a fun-filled week of science at Melbourn Village College. Picture: MVC

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Students at Melbourn Village College have been treated to a fun-filled week of activities for British Science Week.

Pupils were treated to a fun-filled week of science at Melbourn Village College. Picture: MVC

Pupils were treated to a fun-filled week of science at Melbourn Village College. Picture: MVC

It started with some of the youngsters taking part in the Society of Biology’s Biology Challenge.

This challenge is UK-wide among all KS3 and KS4 pupils - results will be available at the end of March.

Normal Science lessons were suspended so pupils could try out fun experiments and a quiz.

During lunchtimes pupils attended special sessions: making crystal gardens in jam jars, creating volcanoes and watching ‘lava’ flow, launching water rockets into the air and watching a rat dissection.

For the first time Melbourn were able to get liquid nitrogen into school, thanks to Homerton College at the University of Cambridge.

Dr David Wilson showed how extremely low temperatures change the properties of different things, then smashing them to pieces!

As a finale pupils were shown how to make raspberry ice cream in 15 seconds - then were able to sample it. As Dr Wilson said: “It’s not magic ... its science!”

On the final day, science teacher Tracey Mayhead, the gifted and talented co-ordinator, invited 140 Year 4 pupils from Melbourn’s partner primary schools to experience science at ‘big school’.

There were huge smiles all around among these pupils as they learned about chemicals inside fireworks, how hearing works, how to extract iron from matches, how static electricity can be used to move objects, how light refracts and how our eyes can fool us.

They were helped by students from Year 10 who also enjoyed the experience. Student Lucy Dickinson, said: “I’ve loved helping these young pupils and showing them fantastic science.”

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