School’s bouncing custard is the appliance of science

Dukes Middle School pupils Kenya Coid, Leyla Webbe and Samuel Van Looy with their bouncing balls made from custard.
Dukes Middle School pupils Kenya Coid, Leyla Webbe and Samuel Van Looy with their bouncing balls made from custard.

Bouncing balls made out of custard were just one of the smart ways of making science fun when a group of experts visited a north Northumberland school for a week of practical activities.

Pupils at the Duke’s Middle School in Alnwick got the chance to look at how science fits into the world around them, thanks to professionals talking about their jobs, what qualifications they needed and where their careers could take them in the future.

Three Duchess’s High School science teachers visited the Year 8s and taught lessons themed around the Olympics, while Dr Sally Old from Covance talked to the pupils about the safe use of medicine.

Judith Garnett spoke to the Year 5 pupils about hand hygiene and why it is so important and British Gas carried out an activity themed around a day in the life of an engineer.

The company MSD showed the pupils how to make a bouncing ball out of custard, while Expo-chef visited and demonstrated how to cook a healthy menu and discussed the science of food. Pupils were also visited by Mike Drinnin, who completed a physiological measurements workshop, and Andy Howie from The Barn at Beal carried out a birds of prey display. Victoria Leishman, science coordinator at the school, said: “The week of events has been a huge success with both pupils and staff and everyone is looking forward to science week 2013.”