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Year 6: East Kent Science Jamboree, Pfizer Discovery Park

“What’s wrong with Tom?” queried one of the children. Automatically a teachers’ mind starts racing, you frantically recite the risk assessment for anything that could have gone wrong. Luckily, Tom was standing in line, angelically, and the inquisitive child was only reading the name of the next workshop they were taking part in. It was clear to all that the East Kent Science Jamboree, held at Pfizer, was going to be an exciting morning for everyone, not least Tom. Our 6 pupils were split into three groups and took part in workshops entitled ‘Blast Off’, ‘Seashore Science’ and the now legendary ‘What’s Wrong With Tom?’ Which was actually about British tomatoes: the children needed to carry out tests and make observations to identify what was killing the tomato plants. They measured pH level, looked for bee activity and examined leaves for nutrient deficiency.  “Wow, your children are wonderfully behaved,” commented one staff member. Blast Off was excellent fun too; it involved the use of everyday kitchen ingredients to demonstrate the generation of gas and the concept of pressure. The children created chemical reactions to propel their rockets skywards, keep the bicarbonate soda out of reach this weekend! In the Seashore Science session the children took part in two activities. The first was to identify the sharks and rays from the empty Mermaid’s Purse and the second was an indoor beach clean. Go on line at www.nekmpa.org.uk to find out more about beach cleaning and beach activities in the local area this summer. The Jamboree concluded with an excellent Science Show delivered by Ian Dunne (www.doscience.co.uk) or ‘The Professor’ as he preferred to be called. He was brilliant and engaged the students with his funny yet informative talk. It was a fantastic morning and George Hunt summed up the ethos perfectly as he got on the bus commenting “Not only did we learn how things happen, we also learnt why!”