“There’s a good chance I’ll be a scientist...”
Ten-year-old pupil Rio Louth is conducting experiments to make liquids fizz, bubble and bang.
The Marton Primary School pupil added: “Science is really interesting.”
Mission accomplished then for Holy Family Primary School teacher Kerry Capoverde, whose aim to inspire in youngsters a love of science is taking off.
The Year Three teacher at the North Shore school organised Blackpool’s first Celebrating Science Conference on Wednesday, welcoming more than 150 children from 23 schools across the Fylde to St Mary’s Catholic College, in St Walburga’s Road, Blackpool.
During the event children had chance to see tarantulas, to learn about care of creatures, try out chemical reaction experiments and build electrical circuits.
“I want a bigger focus on science in schools. I want children to look forward the lessons and feel inspired,” said Miss Capoverde.
“The children were all really engaged and enjoying the practical activities.”
Rio’s classmate Louis Lowin, nine, said: “We got some lemon juice and put bicarbonate of soda in and it frothed up – it was amazing.”
The day also offered training in delivering science classes for primary school teachers.
Miss Capoverde added: “Hopefully teachers will take away lots of ideas so there is lots going on in schools.”
Scientists, engineers and experts from Electrocity, Global Renewables, Scholastic, The Solaris Centre, Springfields Fuels and Flash Bang taught youngsters about everything from nuclear fuels, solar energy, biology and nature.
Representatives from the Creepy Crawly Roadshow, Brainpop, Primary Science Quality Mark, STEM, The Institute of Outdoor Learning and Field Studies Council also worked with youngsters.
Claire Holt, MD of Flash Bang, said: “The conference was fantastic. It’s lovely to see such enthusiastic children.”