Wellingborough pupils hit the road with physics show

Pupils from schools in Wellingborough who took part in a Science Schow
Pupils from schools in Wellingborough who took part in a Science Schow

Nine pupils from schools in Wellingborough took part in a physics roadshow.

Year 12 pupils Cain Clarke and Josh Kingston, from Weavers Academy, Kieran Lang and Matty Plowe, from Wrenn School, Riddhi Naik, Hannah Picken and Connor Rowlatt, from Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, and Jake Van Kampen and Sarah Crooks, from Wellingborough School, prepared the show themselves, helped by Sarah Platt, Helen Pollard and Viv Orr, before presenting it to about 600 pupils during shows for junior schools in the town. They then went on to take part in an inter-schools challenge in Bury St Edmunds.

The aim of the show was to inspire children in Years 5 and 6 to carry on studying physics. It was kept lighthearted and consisted of a number of experiments that included the use of bubbles, liquid nitrogen and smoke.

The event was part of the schools’ work with the Ogden Trust, a charitable trust that promotes the teaching and learning of physics.

The Wellingborough Partnership, which also includes Wollaston School, was officially launched in February 2012. Co-ordinator John Gilyead, of Wrenn School, said: “The partnership is good for the pupils and the teachers, we can share equipment and ideas. We also work with the Open Universtiy and in November we are taking a group of students to Cern in Switzerland.

“The roadshow was great for the pupils who took part, you could really see their confidence growing and they got some excellent feedback.

“We hope it inspired some of the junior school pupils who saw it to think about studying physics once they reach secondary school.”