Our trip to the Junior Real Science, Chemistry at Work event

LAB_ 13 Irchester went on a trip to the Junior Real Science event, where we went to lots of different workshops all about how people use chemistry and other science in their own jobs!

First we went to a man who taught us about honey bees and how important they are to us. They pollinate our crops, produce beeswax which is has loads of uses, and make honey which is antiseptic. We also got to try some honey, lots of us had never had it before!

Next we did some canal bridge building: We discovered how an arch makes a bridge much stronger. Some of us built the arch bridge without a support block, and the host of this activity said that they were really good.

After that we went to find out about soil. We all discovered that there are lots of things in soil, like clay and sand. It was quite interesting as we did not know about it. We also learnt about the different animals that live in compost, especially worms. They are very important for turning rotten food into lovely compost soil.

We saw a nice man next and he talked about living on less energy and he said that his friend had built loads of things about saving energy, like a bridge pulley and underwater turbines.

A woman from MK hospital told us and showed us how the lungs work, using a real set of pig lungs and heart! Also she told us that there are over 4,000 chemicals that have been added to the cigarettes such as urea which is in pee.

Sam in year 6 tried a poison which we do not advise to do. But then he realised it was salt! However, salt has killed many if you have too much. A really dangerous poison is called white arsenic, it used to kill lots of people because it was kept in cupboards with the flour and salt and eaten by accident!

It was a really interesting day, we’re really glad the committee all got to go. We found lots of conkers during the lunchbreak, and made our own lab_13 logo!


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Lab_13 is a space in a school managed by pupils for pupils to conduct their own research and experiments driven by their curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm, and under the watchful supervision of a Scientist in Residence (not a teacher!!).
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