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Over 160 Year 5 Primary School pupils from across Brighton took part in a dynamic Science Day with an Olympic theme at Roedean School on Wednesday 20th June.
The pupils conducted experiments which are used to drug test athletes, programmed and raced robots and constructed a chemical clock to test the 53.23 record set by Sally Gunnell in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
The day included a swimming session for small groups in Roedean’s indoor pool and finished with a spectacular one hour lecture demonstration 'The Big Bang' from Professor Hal Sosabowski and his team from the University of Brighton.
Mr Andrew England, Head of Science at Roedean said: “The event is incredibly popular. The primary school pupils get the chance to experience work in well equipped laboratories and use apparatus that they would not normally have access to. Roedean's sixth formers who accompany the primary school children also have the opportunity to develop their teaching skills.”
Roedean runs the Science Days each summer term for local primary schools. The event started five years ago as a result of a request from one school to use Roedean’s impressive facilities.
Most primary schools do not have their own science facilities and, at this time of year, with A level and GCSE students undertaking examinations, Roedean’s extensive labs are not being fully utilised.
Schools attending the event this year were St John the Baptist, Westdene, Cottesmore St Mary's, St Mary Magdalen, St Pancras and Telscombe Cliffs.