Sparks fly at science show to inspire next generation of engineers

Sparks flew during the science show
Sparks flew during the science show

An explosive science show experienced by hundreds students went with bang.

Primary and secondary school pupils from across the area were entertained with flames, flares and mathematical shapes as part of Hartlepool power station’s LabLive17 event at Hartlepool’s Borough Hall.

Matthew Tosh during his demonstratiin on fireworks at the Hartlepool Power Station Science Show at the Borough hall. Hartlepool, on Wednesday.

Matthew Tosh during his demonstratiin on fireworks at the Hartlepool Power Station Science Show at the Borough hall. Hartlepool, on Wednesday.

The annual event saw more than 1,000 pupils from 30 schools entertained by two of Cheltenham Science Festival’s top performers Katie Steckles and Matthew Tosh.

It encouraged young people to consider a career in science and engineering.

Craig Dohring, station director at Hartlepool power station said: “This was a fantastic event and one which really showed the pupils how science is used in everyday life as well at workplaces such as ours.

“We hope that alongside the mentoring scheme we have been running for the past five years, and the very successful Visitor Centre we are showing youngsters where the science, engineering, technology and maths subjects can take them.”

Flames featured in the LabLive event

Flames featured in the LabLive event

He also introduced some of the site’s apprentices to the audience.

Matthew Tosh explored the science of fireworks with an exciting show which was full of bangs, shock waves, sparks and smoke.

Matthew, who also sets up large firework displays across the country, explained the science behind pyrotechnics, revealing how he creates colours, sound effects and perfectly timed bursts to music.

Katie introduced the pupils to the surreal world of shapes and smoke rings.

Kate Steckles and her science demonstration at the Hartlepool Power Station Science Show, at the Borough Hall, Hartlepool, on Wednesday.

Kate Steckles and her science demonstration at the Hartlepool Power Station Science Show, at the Borough Hall, Hartlepool, on Wednesday.

She said: “It’s been great to be part of the LabLive tour – there’s a really great atmosphere in the theatres and a real sense of occasion for the students.

“I’m enjoying bringing some interesting puzzles and mathematical thinking challenges to the audiences, and there’s always really great answers from the students – hopefully some excellent future engineers, scientists and mathematicians among them.”

Hartlepool Mayor Councillor Paul Beck was guest of honour.

More than 1,000 primary and secondary school students from across the area attended

More than 1,000 primary and secondary school students from across the area attended

Hartlepool Mayor Councillor Paul Beck with some of the students attending the LabLive tour at the Borough Hall

Hartlepool Mayor Councillor Paul Beck with some of the students attending the LabLive tour at the Borough Hall