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Children learn about science from scientists

Tuesday, 2nd April 2013.

Scientists went around four Haverhill primary schools just before Easter as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths week (STEM).

Itís a national initiative and Castle Manor organized the tour of local primary schools, with academy students helping primary schoolchildren with a project to design a recycling machine and a poster.

The tour included a chemist from Genzyme talking about his work with drugs, a computer scientist from OneSpace Media talking about websites he has developed, a molecular biologist from Bioline who told how he examines cells and an engineer from The Welding Institute, who showed how she could weld chocolate to make it stronger.

The tour launched the design competition and there were some brilliant designs that focused on a whole range of recycling methods, from sorting waste materials to generating new products.

There was even one particularly ingenious invention which took smelly, dirty boys in one end and cleaned them up to make nice clean, fresh smelling boys at the other!

Haverhillís deputy town mayor Cllr Roger Andre helped choose the winner, a lad called Reese from Clements Primary, whose design for cleaning dirty water would revolutionise the lives of millions in the third world.

Reese was able afterwards, at Castle Manor, to have a go at creating a working prototype of his machine and, although it wasnít perfect, he did manage to create a simple working version.

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