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Jul 12, 2018

Blackfriars students have a scientific adventure

Blackfriars Academy students enjoyed an interactive learning experience while on a science-based adventure at Staffordshire University.

The youngsters, from key stages 3 and 4 at the Newcastle-under-Lyme based academy, attended the Big Bang Fair at the University with the aim of inspiring a love for STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Commenting on the day, Richard Parr, a teacher at the Academy and organiser of the trip, enthused: “All the students were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the event and would love to go again.”

Students from Years 7, 8 and 9 had the opportunity to explore the Big Bang Fair which was host to a range of wonderful STEM exhibitions, workshops and shows for students to get involved in.

The students were mad scientists for the day as they got into the swing of the event, exploring virtual reality, drone technology, bio-science and chemical engineering through demonstrations and practical experiments.

Mr Parr enthused: “We are particularly proud of our Year 8 group; not only did they ask questions, but several also assisted in demonstrations in front of a vast audience.”  

Elsewhere, Year 10 and 11 BTEC applied science students were invited to attend the University’s Crime Scene House, providing students with the opportunity to consolidate their learning and apply their knowledge in real-life situations.

This exciting experience was a success with pupils and accompanying staff alike, with one student commenting that it is a “fantastic site and great to see real crime scenes in action”.

The scientific adventure will continue in school as students further consolidate their learning, with high hopes for returning to the fair and University in the future.