Schools join forces to mix it up in the science lab at St Mary’s, Bexhill

Dr Lee helps a student to make an Ooblek SUS-170803-161924001
Dr Lee helps a student to make an Ooblek SUS-170803-161924001

Pupils from five local schools and colleges got together to enjoy an exciting day of science.

Glenleigh Park, Pebsham Academy, All Saints, St Mary Magdalene’s and St Richard’s all visited St Mary’s school and college on Tuesday to participate in Science day.

Every year Mrs Forester the Science teacher at St Mary’s organises a day of fun and experiments all run by scientist Dr Lee.

Dr Lee presented to the hall in front of all the schools and did experiments with surface tension and water, including spraying the audience.

Mrs Forester says it was a really interactive presentation and the pupils asked lots of interesting questions. “There was a whole session on making rockets,” she said. “Some were made with Cola and Alka Seltzer and some made with just water and pumping air to make them take off.

“Another experiment involved Skittles sweets: the pupils arranged them in colours on a plate and then covered them with water to create beautiful colours and patterns.

“The pupils created Ooblek which is a Non Newtonian fluid, which means it acts like a fluid when poured but acts like a solid under force. The pupils really enjoyed using this. They also made some Flubber which they could use as a bouncing ball.

“Everyone had a really good time, there was lots of interaction from pupils from all the schools.

I would also like to thank Dr Lee for attending science day again and making the day enjoyable and memorable for all the pupils”.

Next week St Mary’s pupils will be visiting St Richards on two occasions. On Wednesday (March 15) they will visit for a Science supper. They will join St Richards’ pupils in creating an experiment and then have supper afterwards.

Mrs Foreseter says next Friday (March 17) pupils will once again be at St Richard’s to take part in their Sherlock Science day, adding: “The pupils really enjoyed the James Bond day last year and are looking forward to their visit.”

St. Mary’s is a centre of excellence for the provision of education and life skills for children with severe and complex speech, language and communication disabilities.