From creating slime to making bath bombs: Science is fun at North Walsham High School
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North Walsham High School has been putting the fun back into science – after staging a week-long programme of activities aimed at engaging young people in the subject.
The school's 'Fun Science Week' saw students taking part in a whole range of practical activities, including making glow sticks, manufacturing rockets, creating slime, and making cosmetics such as shampoo, soap and bath bombs.
'As a country we know that we need to be doing more to engage young people in science,' said NWHS acting head of science Daniel Kiff.
'There is no better way of doing that than giving students the opportunity to do practical activities which help them make the link between scientific theory and things they encounter in their daily lives.
'The week saw hundreds of students doing a wide variety of hands-on activities, and it was encouraging to see the extent to which they really engaged with the experiments.'
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According to the Centre for Education in Science and Technology, 'Science instils a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop understanding and form questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Students who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically.'
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