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Newminster Year 6 student Katie Cook holds a giant African snail during National Science and Engineering Week
Newminster Year 6 student Katie Cook holds a giant African snail during National Science and Engineering Week

MORPETH school pupils enjoyed a non-stop two weeks of fun activities to help bring four subjects to life.

There were also a range of demonstrations from experts at Newminster Middle School & Technology College, which showed how Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) can be applied in the real world.

The STEM Student Voice group was responsible for promoting this year’s National Science and Engineering Week and they spoke to fellow pupils about what they had learned on their visit to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. Meanwhile, a contingent went to the Centre for Life in Newcastle and took part in an ‘Astronaut Training’ session.

The practical tasks in school included making kites, putting together finger puppets, using scientific knowledge to make some bouncy balls and examining how people’s senses respond to various chemical reactions.

Another of the activities was a Maths Olympics competition, with categories such as division long jump and shape gymnastics.

Newminster Assistant Head Sumeena Razzaqi said: “The students had a fantastic two weeks and we certainly got them talking about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

“Since we have been designated a technology college we have worked hard to raise the profile of STEM across the school.

“We are keen to develop activities throughout the year and would welcome anyone who has a STEM background and is willing to give up a little time to come and work with our students to talk about their job or perhaps run a practical session.”

During National Science and Engineering Week, there was a visit from the Creepy Crawlie Roadshow and students had the chance to handle Giant African land snails, snakes and even tarantulas.

An Expo chef led an interactive workshop to design an Olympics menu fit for any athlete and Dr Steven Rossington gave an interesting presentation on the chemistry behind solids, liquids and gases.