Never too Young to be a Scientist

To celebrate British Science week, students from Writhlington and Mendip Studio School have been sharing their expertise at the Bath Science fair.

St Mary’s Primary School, Timsbury hosted this year’s Science Fair with science stands and activities from across the area. A team of Year 7 and 9 students presented a fully working propagation laboratory and trained youngsters from the age of 5 upwards to grow an orchid in a test tube.

Year 7 student, Joe Weyman explained,

We have been working hard in the specialist labs at the Mendip Studio School to prepare our travelling laboratory and all the kit we needed to work with the public.”

Ruby Boxall, also Year 7, added

We invited each child who came to the stand to put on a lab coat and learn the method to put a tiny orchid seedling into a test tube using aseptic methods. Even the Year 1 and 2 pupils did well although their lab coats did drag on the floor.

The scientific knowledge and teaching skills of Writhlington students were commended by the event organiser, Jenny Scott, and the student team has now been booked to present their work to undergraduates science students at Bath University.

Writhlington & Mendip Studio School Science Teacher, Simon Pugh-Jones added

The Mendip Studio School is partnered with scientists at the Jodrell Laboratories, Kew Gardens, and the facilities we have opened allow students like Joe and Ruby to develop advanced skills and share them with others.

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