National Grid and City Year UK hold festival to inspire children’s love of science

Natgrid_1On Friday 15th July, over 30 pupils from Seven Sisters Primary School in London, took part in our annual National Grid Science Festival

Running since 2011, the science festival is part of the ‘School Power’ programme, a unique collaboration between City Year UK and National Grid, which aims to deliver high quality and fun extra-curricular workshops to engage children in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and to demonstrate how STEM can be applied to everyday life.

City Year UK volunteers play an essential part in the success of the festival. This year, our volunteers taught and demonstrated five experiments, which really captivated the imagination and attention of the children. This included a very popular ‘marshmallow and spaghetti experiment’, a hands on motivating engineering activity for young builders.

Another highlight of the day was an interactive workshop with Mad Science, hosted by ‘Professor Whizkid’, who explained the properties of water and air.

A group of pupils summed up the mood of the event: “Today was exciting because you can learn a lot of things. Our favorite part of the day was watching the mad scientist!”.

Izra, year 3,  said: “I had fun today, I like the part where we were coloring and all of the experiments. My favorite experiment was the marshmallow experiment.”

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