There wasn’t a dull moment at Brixham College when its transition Leader Darren Whittington and his Science Department took to the classes and brought their subject to life in spectacular fashion for over 50 Year 5 children from ten of its neighbouring primary schools.
During the explosive ‘Bright Sparks’ Chemistry workshop themed around Fireworks, the young audience were treated to the visual theatre of Science in action. Closely linked to the curriculum, the ‘magic’ behind pyrotechnics was revealed in a hands-on, dynamic and colourful way.
During the event, which culminated in a stomp ‘rocket’ competition, students made sparklers and a Guy whilst learning about the chemical reactions, elements and compounds which create breath-taking colour, light and effects.
“It was all fun but the best bit was making the Guy and setting fire to it although I really loved the Stomp rocket too!” said Tom from Brixham Church of England Primary School.
“They’ve had a brilliant morning. It’s been great to come in and have fun experiencing secondary science!’ said Sarah Perkin who attended ‘Bright Sparks’ at Brixham College with her pupils from Brixham Church of England Primary School. They joined youngsters from Furzeham, Eden Park, Roselands, Curledge Street and White Rock primary schools.
“Events like these really capture the imagination of young local people, make science relevant to their lives and help develop a strong learning ethos,” says Brixham College Science teacher Sam Squires who helped deliver the ‘Bright Sparks’ Chemistry workshop, the first of its kind to be hosted by Brixham College, with help and support from his colleague Tom Norman and their own Science students. “Children need to be exposed to as many opportunities to see science in action as possible and engage in the fun and exciting aspects of STEM subjects before deciding what they can and cannot do,” he adds.
“The Science of Fireworks introduces some interesting principles of physics and chemistry in a fun way that young people can relate to,” says Brixham College Science Teacher Tom Norman. “An exploding firework is essentially a series of chemical reactions in the sky, with Newton’s 3rd Law of motion underpinning take off and Physics explaining the resulting conversion of chemical energy into heat, light, sound and the kinetic energy of movement,” he adds.Follow