Hartlepool students enjoy sweet taste of science

Eldon Grove Academy youngsters use sweets in science.
Eldon Grove Academy youngsters use sweets in science.

Budding Hartlepool boffins have been examining the colourful world of chemistry at the launch of a scientific investigation day in school.

Students at Eldon Grove Academy in the town’s Eldon Grove, enjoyed an afternoon of candy chromatography as part of a hands-on approach to scientific experiments as part of British Science Week.

It is so important to get pupils to engage with science from an early age

Jonathan Moon

Year 3 pupils at the school, assisted by academy science co-ordinator, Jonathan Moon, used multi-coloured sweets to demonstrate water stratification and the separation of different parts of dye used in the manufacture of confectionary.

Mr Moon, said: “This is the first time that we have held a science investigation day and the emphasis is all about having fun while learning.

“We know that our students have a real interest in science, but the thing they like best is actually doing experiments themselves.”

The teacher went on to say: “Science is everywhere and investigation days like this, where students are exposed to perhaps more advanced practical experiments than they would normally undertake, help them to see the range of opportunities that are available within the subject.”

Students from Reception to Year 6 spent the day conducting an assortment of experiments, including watching how leaves take in water, determining how sound waves travel and planting beans to learn about germination.

They also learned about solids changing to liquids, looking at how salt dissolves ice and also had fun using paper planes to monitor air resistance.

Mr Moon, said: “It is so important to get pupils to engage with science from an early age and spark their enthusiasm for the subject.

“Not only do they get to perform the experiments themselves they also get to find out about different areas of science, including medicine, engineering, aeronautics and sports, discovering famous scientists from the past and present along the way.”

The children themselves, said they had an amazing day and loved taking part in all the experiments.

Pupil Violet Hails, seven, who lives in Hartlepool, said: “I really like science and enjoy doing experiments.

“I liked the way the water made all of the colours run together. It looked very pretty.”

Hundreds of schools across the country took part in British Science Week, earlier this month.