Swale Pupils Enjoy Experimental Fun at Kent Science Park

35 Swale school children visited the Kent Science Resource Centre (KSRC) based on Kent Science Park (KSP) on Friday 10th May. The children, whose ages ranged from four to 11 years old, were selected following our ‘Science is Fun’ initiative which KSP sent to schools to celebrate National Science and Engineering week in March. The children participated in exciting experiments and got to meet scientists who work in the businesses located within the park.

First the children ran tests on in the laboratory to determine whether liquids were acids or alkalis, then they witnessed the scientists conduct an experiment called “elephant’s toothpaste” – with explosive results! Finally they learnt about gases by witnessing the famous “coke and mentos” experiment.

Jason Thompson and Kirstin Whibley, two scientists from Novartis, who are based on Kent Science Park, helped showcase some of the experiments and spoke to the children about a career in science. Novartis develops effective, targeted medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tests ensuring that these technologies get to the patients who need them quickly. Kirstin Whibley commented: “It was wonderful to see young children interested in Science and to harness their natural curiosity about how the world around them works and hopefully inspire them to choose a future in science.’

James Speck, Site Director at Kent Science Park said: “It’s important to encourage children to consider the sciences from GCSE and beyond. Here at Kent Science Park, we are aware that it’s essential to invest in science education as we host high-tech engineering, environmental, ICT and medical technology companies who need to recruit a skilled workforce. It’s a pleasure to be able to give children a glimpse of what goes on in modern laboratories and hopefully it will inspire them to choose science-based subjects for their careers.”

Julie Coleman, who runs KSRC said: “The event was great fun. We have two well-equipped teaching laboratories and a diverse range of biological and chemical equipment and are able to offer educational activities to suit all school age children.”

Any schools interested in the Kent Science Resource Centre should contact Julie Coleman by visiting www.kentscienceresourcecentre.co.uk/contact

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