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National Science and Engineering Week went off with a bang again this year at Liskeard School and Community College. The annual celebration of science kicked off with students in Years 7, 8 and 9 facing the clock in a series of 60 second challenges. Marble runs, clock pendulums and sand timers were designed, built and tested whilst students waited anxiously to see if their invention met the 60 second criteria.

Liskeard School also welcomed younger students from Trewidland Primary School to share in the experience and excitement of an educational science show, hosted by Mr Granville-West and Mr Inger, two of Liskeard School’s science teachers. With ‘energy’ being the overarching theme to the show, Mr Inger used liquid nitrogen to freeze Wotsits that he shared with the audience whilst Mr Granville-West made liquid nitrogen ice-cream in true Heston Blumenthal chef style!

Methane rockets were fired across the school hall on a high wire whilst the audience jumped in anticipation of the loud bangs! The show culminated in a rendition of the 1812 overture with hydrogen balloons being ignited to mimic the sound of the canon fire in the music, a fabulous ending to a fabulous show.

Students were also encouraged to take part in a Photography in Nature competition with the subject of each entered image being a living organism. The Year 7 winner of the competition was Yannis Lawrence who photographed a bee resting on a flower. Yannis was invited to the evening Science Show production as a VIP guest.

Liskeard School also welcomed six graduate engineers from Marine Babcock in Plymouth who worked with more able Year 9 pupils on an activity to simulate the electronic design of a warning system for the defueling of a nuclear reactor. The students then had to work in teams to test their design in a teamwork and communication challenge. There was lots of fun to be had as the activity required a steady hand to raise the ‘fuel rod’ from the reactor without the alarm sounding –a tough challenge!

The celebration of science ended in style with the grand evening Science Show being staged which entertained the public and helped to raise engagement in science throughout the local community. Mrs Edwards, Assistant Headteacher at Liskeard School thanked the science teachers and technicians for their hard work and commitment towards the celebration of science during National Science and Engineering Week again this year.

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