“Change” was the theme explored by students from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester who recently took part in the national Science Week, a celebration of science, engineering, maths and technology.

The theme for this year’s British Science Week, “Change”, encouraged the students to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us; from seasons and climate, to materials and energy. It was also a chance for the students to consider the changes they can enact to have a positive impact on the future.

The week’s programme aimed to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities. The activities highlighted how science, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives.

The students took part in a number of science based activities including building rafts out of tin foil and straws and making hovercrafts from balloons.
Also as part of the school’s partnership work with its feeder primary schools, staff and students from Saint Paul’s took part in a fantastic Science Fair at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in Wythenshawe. The students organised a huge variety of hands-on practical demonstrations including the effect of static electricity, an example of a non-Newtonian fluid, a rocking candle, invisible ink and a floating ball.

Mrs Rachel Broadbent, Science teacher, said: “There were lots of activities happening throughout our school and our partner primary schools. We are very keen to inspire and engage the students in the wonder and excitement of Science.

“Our students demonstrated rainbow fizz – a reaction between an acid and an alkali that produces a rainbow effect and elephant toothpaste. We also showed the pupils what happens when ethanol is ignited using a whoosh bottle and produced a firework effect using thermite. It was extremely eye-catching and the joy reflected in the children’s eyes indicated how well received the demonstrations were.”

Mr Stephen McMahon, Head of Science, added: “Change was a fantastic theme for our students to relate to and explore. Change is a broad theme encompassing many aspects of science which can be interpreted in many different ways. The activities were great fun and very popular with the students. The sessions helped the students see how Science can be applied in real life.”

“Science is vital to the future of our country and involvement in projects such as this are a great way for us to encourage our students to enjoy the subjects and see them as both interesting and accessible,” commented Mr Tony Billings, Executive Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “We need to do everything we can to inspire the next generation.