Pupils from Willaston Primary School on the Wirral discovered how exciting science can be when they visited Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes recently. Their day was sponsored by FMC Chemicals Ltd from Bromborough as part of a programme to support Catalyst and engage with pupils in their local community.
On their visit to Catalyst, the pupils took on the role of development chemists in a hands-on workshop in the Discovery laboratory and took part in an interactive science show in the theatre, with demonstrations using a thermal imaging camera and a Van de Graaff generator.
FMC Global Technical Manager, James Birch met the pupils during their visit and said “FMC are really pleased to support Catalyst in this way and help enthuse pupils about the wonders of science at the same time. There is a huge skills shortage in the science sector and we are thrilled to be able to offer pupils in our local community the opportunity to engage with practical science in this way.”
Upon receiving the sponsorship cheque for £2,500, Bryan Davies said “We are extremely grateful to FMC for their continued support of Catalyst. This sponsorship has enabled us to continue to excite children about STEM related subjects and enthuse young scientists of the future.”
Deputy Head Teacher, Gary Graham said “The children of Willaston CE Primary School had an outstanding experience. All our learners in years 5 and 6 were captivated and enthused throughout the day. Their scientific skills in all areas of the curriculum were enhanced, as was their thirst and eagerness to probe concepts further. The variety of engaging environments and workshops meant that all our children, regardless of their needs and abilities, came away with a deeper and richer understanding of science. Thank you Catalyst and FMC for a super day!”
You can find out more about Catalyst by visiting the website at www.catalyst.org.uk