A Wearside professor helped launch science with a bang at a city primary school.
Valley Road Community Primary School in Hendon is hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through the opening of its very own science lab.
A well-known lover of science who has spent years encouraging children to get involved in it, Professor John Kilcoyne, from the University of Sunderland, went along to officially open the school’s lab.
Debra de Muschamp, principal at the Corporation Road school, said: “As part of our commitment to science and technology subjects, we have raised the profile of science across school and hope to motivate and inspire children in the subject.
“Children will be taught in the new lab by a specialist science teacher, immersing them in a scientific environment where they can learn in an active, hands on way.”
Twelve youngsters from across the school were chosen to help Prof Kilcoyne cut the ribbon at the lab opening.
Then the professor worked with the young people in the playground, setting off geysers with cola.
Ms de Muschamp, said: “We believe that quality science teaching at primary level is vitally important.
“Science is a subject that builds upon children’s natural curiosity of the world around them, as well as developing the skills of problem solving, collaborative working and critical thinking, all of which are transferable across the curriculum. Not forgetting it can be great fun.
“We have already noticed an increase in the children’s enjoyment in science, with children showing an increased awareness of the uses and implications of science. We hope that by providing our children with these opportunities they may well become the scientists and inventors of the future.”