On Friday 20 June 2014, four second-year students (Robert Chapman, Sarah Kirk, Mako Ng and Joe Thompson) took part in a Science Day at St John's Catholic Primary School in Trowbridge. This post was contributed by 2nd-year research students Joe Thompson.
Our cohort was recently invited to St John’s Catholic Primary School in Trowbridge to take part in their Science Day. This was a great opportunity to engage with a younger audience and hopefully spark some interest in science. Our theme was based on renewable fuels as replacements for fossil fuels, focussing on biofuels and hydrogen.
We spent the day running 30 minute long activities for children between the ages of 4 and 11. The activities included a short introduction to fuels and their uses, the firing of our ethanol (biofuel) bottle rocket, the demonstration of a hydrogen-powered toy car and the opportunity to build and race some balloon cars. Both the ethanol bottle rocket and the balloon cars were very popular.
The activities were well received by everyone and we had a great time running them. We were impressed that the children already knew so much about biofuels and hydrogen. Hopefully the day will have increased their interest in science for the future.