There was a host of young scientists at DePuy Synthes in Beeston on Tuesday 28 March as pupils from neighbouring Hugh Gaitskell Primary School presented their scientific investigations.
Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 had been working in small groups over the previous week on questions such as ‘What makes the best bubble?’ and ‘Which drink is worst for you teeth?’
Headteacher Mrs McNulty had selected the best group from each class to visit DePuy Synthes with their display to explain how they had approached their problem to a panel a judges.
Katie Moseley, Science Co-ordinator and Y4 teacher at Hugh Gaitskell said:
“This is the culmination British Science Week and of a big project I’ve been running to boost science in school, working towards the PSQM Science Award.
“It’s been lovely because they’ve been so invested in it. To see children that sometimes struggle in school being really engaged. It is quite a high level way of thinking and they’ve been coming up with more questions rather than just finding the answers and then stopping.”
Jess Lloyd, who works for DePuy Synthes, was one of the judges. She said:
“We went over the week before they started this investigation project to do an assembly. We told them we are engineers, a mixture of science and maths, we solve problems, we test things, we have a method, and you’re going to be doing the same.
“They’ve come up with so many different problems that they’ve tested and researched. They were all so excited telling us what they had done. They were so confident, giving practical examples of how they did it. They are amazing.”
Katie Moseley added:
“DePuy are really good, very supportive to the school. The children know about the company, they can see it from the school . It’s important to present science in a relatable way, you don’t have to be an Einstein, our children could have careers in science.”
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