Picture gallery: Great Yarmouth family science day

Electrical experiments and scientific studies were on the menu for almost 300 people in Great Yarmouth yesterday as they attended a family science day.

Organised by Shell Education Service (SES), the event was the result of a series of science workshops being held in 15 schools across the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft area throughout this week.

Workshop leader, Martin Wesley, said there was something for everyone at the 'hands-on' event.

'It's like this so children can discover science and also for adults who might not know how to help their children learn about science,' he said.

'You don't need to have a degree in science to learn about it. As long as you are prepared to go out and learn, you can do science. People can finally have fun finding out.'


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The day involved children and their families taking part in science investigations featuring electricity, energy transfer, forces and motion and materials.

There were also sessions on how to make slime and a circus workshop all about forces.

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Both parents and children got to try out practical science activities together and even one couple attended without children just to experience the experiments taking place.

There were a total of 12 activities for people to get involved with and students from Bungay High School Sixth Form were also on hand to help.

Mr Wesley said: 'They were fantastic and excellent ambassadors for their school and for science.'

Of the day he added: 'There was a lovely little buzz going on. Everyone had different expectations for the day but everyone went away with a big smile on their face.'

Almost 1,500 children attended the week's workshops with the family science day taking place St Nicholas Priory CE (VC) Junior School on St. Nicholas Road.

SES was established by Shell more than 50 years ago to deliver investigative science workshops to 60,000 children and teachers in 600 primary schools across the UK every year.

SES is a partnership between Shell and Sphere Science Ltd.

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