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South Tyneside pupils become rocket stars for science project

APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE ... youngsters from Epinay School take part in space event. Front Marcus Steele, aged 12.

APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE ... youngsters from Epinay School take part in space event. Front Marcus Steele, aged 12.

PUPILS at a South Tyneside school were given an out-of-this world experience to help boost their science skills.

Youngsters at Epinay Business and Enterprise School in Jarrow were invited to show their creative side to make their own rockets to take part in a space race event.

The competition was part of National Science and Engineering week which also saw pupils design and create their own robots that could perform tasks on the surface of an alien planet.

The projects were designed to give youngsters a better understanding of engineering and the scientific principles involved.

In the past three years the school, in Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow, has received support from the British Science Association – a registered charity. This has enabled the school to undertake projects including bridge building and crime scene investigations.

Graham Martin, head of science, said: “We always look forward to National Science and Engineering week as it is a chance to widen the curriculum and link to national science themes.

“The funding also helps as it improves access to equipment and resources that benefit the whole school.”

This year, the school is to receive support from the Institute of Physics which will enable them to access additional resources.

The school is running a fundraising campaign to refurbish and extend the existing school which caters for children with special educational needs.

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