Young scientists have a smashing time
Published on 30/03/17
Students at Jane Austen College have smashed eggs, made elephants’ toothpaste, and baked space cakes in a week-long celebration of science.
The school took part in British Science Week from March 10 to 19, with spectacular demonstrations, competitions, and hands-on activities.
The young scientists put on their thinking caps for the egg drop challenge, inventing ingenious methods from parachutes to peanut butter tubs to protect their eggs from breaking when dropped – some of which were more successful than others.
Science teacher Daniel Tugwell wowed students with his demonstrations, making a foamy fountain of ‘elephants’ toothpaste’, and sending sparks flying in a thermite reaction to produce molten iron.
The week also saw students take part in a science quiz, a poster and poem competition, slime making, and a science-themed cake contest which was won by Year 8 student Ellie Ringwood’s out-of-this-world space cake.
Principal Rebecca Handley-Kirk said: “Our science team worked extremely hard to make this a fantastic and learning-packed week, which the students and staff enjoyed immensely.”