Heysham pupils go mad for fun science experiments

Phoebe Park, Harry Stainton and Luca Stoves with Nuclear Naz.

Phoebe Park, Harry Stainton and Luca Stoves with Nuclear Naz.

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Pupils at a primary school in Heysham have been treated to a day of exciting science experiments, coordinated by National Grid.

St Peter’s Church of England Primary School was paid a visit by two of Mad Science’s top boffins, Nuclear Naz and Shocking Charlotte, who led workshops on worms, slime and splitting light beams.

Dominic Holden with Shocking Charlotte.

Dominic Holden with Shocking Charlotte.

Supported by National Grid, the Mad Science event was aimed at promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in a fun and engaging way.

Dave McPartlin, the school’s headteacher, said: “The children had a fantastic day with Naz and Charlotte and learned lots of interesting lessons, from how to make gooey slime from scratch to drawing symbols on their hands that they could only see under an ultraviolet light.

“They really captured the imaginations of the children, and the teachers, and everyone had a great time.”

The day also included a school assembly demonstration where a lucky pupil got to ride on a hover board, while others, including Mr McPartlin, helped to create a small explosion inside a large flask.

Anna Wilson joins in the fun with slime.

Anna Wilson joins in the fun with slime.

Mr McPartlin added: “Seeing the children’s reactions to the experiments was an absolute joy. I’d like to thank National Grid for working with us on this.”

Neil McMinn, project manager for National Grid, said: “We’re currently working hard to build a new substation in Heysham and wanted to give something back to the local community. It’s been great working with St Peter’s Primary School and I hope this encourages and inspires the pupils to get involved in science and engineering.”