Hawks Chemical Co Ltd helps to inspire young scientists!
Excited pupils from St Georges Primary School in Hyde became scientists for the day when they visited Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes recently. The visit was sponsored by Hawks Chemical Co Ltd in Hyde, as part of a programme of engagement with pupils in their local community.
On their full day visit the pupils took part in two activities. In the first, the pupils took on the role of development chemists when they helped design a new medicine in the Catalyst laboratory. The second activity introduced pupils to the exciting science being undertaken by UK scientists and engineers with demonstrations using a thermal imaging camera and a Van De Graaff generator which literally made their hair stand on end! The pupils also spent time exploring the three interactive galleries at Catalyst.
Speaking after the visit, Catalyst Marketing Manager, Meryl Jameson said “Catalyst is thrilled to be working with Hawks Chemical Co to help them engage with pupils from their local community and we look forward to continuing this relationship in the future. We believe that by working in partnership with companies like Hawks Chemical Co, we can inspire pupils to pursue science subjects and become young scientists of the future.”
Reg Warren, of Hawks Chemical Co Ltd added “The children were clearly enthused. I really felt the provision of hands-on chemistry gave them a simple picture of what we are about and might have made them think in later life of maybe joining us in some capacity”
Teacher, Mr Burgess commented, “The visit was very well organised and gave the children a valuable insight into chemistry. The museum galleries were engaging and interactive, our children particularly liked how hands on the exhibits were. The workshops were all linked to the national curriculum objectives and gave children a great opportunity to enhance their scientific skills. Overall this was a great experience for our children and one we would recommend to other schools.”