Northamptonshire pupils aim high at science day

Schools science day: Photo by Jessica Streeton
Schools science day: Photo by Jessica Streeton

Pupils from eight Northamptonshire schools visited the UK’s largest indoor urban sports park for a science day with a difference.

The University of Northampton and Aim Higher Northamptonshire took over Adrenaline Alley, in Corby, for its Adrenaline Science day, which saw 64 pupils aged 10 to 12 take part in a series of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEM) workshops.

The science of scooters and BMX tricks were just some of the demonstrations taking place which aimed to explain the subjects in a fun way.

Academics and students from the University also conducted workshops covering topics including bones and blood in feet; light and movement; nutrition; sport and exercise, while Shaun Scarfe, from Four One Four Ltd, talked about ramp construction and got pupils designing and building their own ramps.

Shaun said: “I was impressed with the things that the kids came up with, including some very interesting shapes and ideas that exceeded my expectations.”

Linda Davis-Sinclair, Schools Engagement Lead, said: “Science to the students in an innovative and fun way Adrenaline Alley provided the wow factor for inspiring and raising aspirations.”

Schools attending were The Duston School and Thomas Becket Catholic School, Northampton; CBA, Corby Technical College and Lodge Park Academy, Corby; Kettering Park Junior School and Kettering Buccleuch; Risdene Academy, Rushden and Stanion Primary Schools.