King’s School scientists explained the weird, wonderful and downright whacky world of science to budding boffins at Greenbank Preparatory School.
Sixth Form students at the top Macclesfield school dedicate Wednesday afternoons to their enrichment programme and when many choose music, sport, drama or hill walking, a team of young scientists work in local primary schools bringing to life the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
Under the eyes of King’s Head of Science, Jim Street, who was chosen this year to give the Royal Society of Chemistry Christmas Lecture, the Sixth Formers helped Greenbank’s Year Six pupils to make a key ring from polymorphous plastic and a custard the kids could punch to turn from a liquid into a solid.
Among the King’s School team was Fran Southern, who is now studying Biology, Chemistry and English Language in the King’s Sixth Form and is hoping to study Medicine, but first had her eyes opened to the life scientific in Greenbank’s laboratory.
Fran said: “I’ve been really excited all week about returning to my old school and remember the sense of wonder I had when I did my first practical experiments.”
Jude Wood, from Greenbank, which is a Northern centre for the Gifted and Talented, said: “I really liked the punching custard experiment though I couldn’t make mine into a ball as it kept turning back into a liquid.”
Oliver Jones, added: “I liked how they turned what seemed to be water into something fizzy and foaming.” While Marwah Choudhry, 10, added: “It was fun to see how solids, gases and liquids can all change their shape.”
The King’s Sixth Form outreach team has worked with over 1,000 young people across the locality and Jim Street said: “Our students love working with these young inventive minds and gain so much from the experience, not least being able to put this experience on their university application forms and CVs showing they have worked as volunteer teachers enthusing, engaging and managing a full class of nine, ten and eleven year-olds, which is much easier said than done.”
Pictured on the back row are Caitlin Plant, Fran Southern, Hannah Wilcock, Pari Mehrabani and Thea Preston and on the front row Oliver Jones, Marwah Choudhry and Jude Wood.