School pupils have been inspired into science with an exciting, interactive Kitchen Chemistry show presented by Dr Stephen Ashworth from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Over 240 pupils from St Mary’s Primary School in Woodbridge, Woodbridge Primary School, Waldringfield Primary School, South Lee School and Kyson Primary School enjoyed the show, held at the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge on Friday 30 November.
Dr Ashworth’s Kitchen Chemistry involved a number of dramatic and energetic experiments with everyday household items, such as using a toaster to make a hot air balloon, demonstrating the flammability of custard powder, and looking at how indigestion tablets work. Dr Ashworth obtained his DPhil in Chemistry from Oxford University and has lectured in science around the world, most recently taking his Kitchen Chemistry show on tour to schools around South Africa.
Ambra Calver, Chemistry Teacher and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Coordinator here at Woodbridge School, said: “A huge thank you to Dr Ashworth for his fantastic Kitchen Chemistry show. The explosive experiments and interesting demonstrations on household objects left pupils with a real excitement for science”
Following the success of the STEM programme launched last year, take up this year of the exciting range of science-based activities on offer has been even stronger from Suffolk primary schools. The programme aims to encourage more young people into STEM subjects, with activities including robotics, coding and electronics, as well as earthquake challenges using K’Nex. Woodbridge School are collaborating with Sizewell B and BT Labs@Adastral Park on the enrichment programme, with workshops that explore all facets of STEM subjects and enable pupils to practice exciting experiments. New this year are sessions with the Brickologists, Suffolk Recycling Centres and Energy from Waste.
Ambra Calver continued: “It’s incredibly important to boost young people’s interest and enthusiasm for STEM subjects. Science is very strong at Woodbridge School so we feel we can really help local primary schools with exciting opportunities like Kitchen Chemistry and our enrichment programme.”