Junior science explorers recognised

Release Date: 19-Oct-2016
Children from Dalton and Almondbury who took part in an innovative science scheme have been recognised at a ceremony at Huddersfield University.
The children were recognised at a special ceremony at the University

The children were recognised at a special ceremony at the University

The young scientists experimenting with solar power

The young scientists experimenting with solar power

Twenty children took part in the junior science explorers programme this summer, which was run by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), the University, Nether Hall Campus and Almondbury Community School.

The project was funded by The Royal Society of Chemistry and aimed to raise awareness of chemistry in people’s everyday lives. The programme was packed full of activities such as extracting DNA from fruits, racing solar powered kit cars, growing crystals in the laboratory and burning crisps to measure the chemical energy in food – experiments that aimed to show children that science could be fun and encourage them to keep studying it in the future.

The week ended with a trip to the Coal Mining Museum, with transport sponsored by First Yellow School Bus.

To celebrate successful completion of the programme and to honour their achievements, the students were recognised at a special graduation ceremony attended by staff from the University, KNH, schools, volunteers who supported the programme, parents and grandparents.

According to Dr Jeremy Hopwood, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, “The University of Huddersfield strongly support initiatives within the local community so we were delighted to be part of this educational programme.

“The young people who took part were a credit to their school and families. They really impressed me with their scientific skill and knowledge.”

The junior science programme was one of a number of summer schemes organised by KNH that aimed to encourage children to use their imaginations, to solve problems and build self-confidence, so that they returned to school refreshed and ready to learn rather than bored and demotivated.

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