March 2020

We will be joining the national buzz to celebrate British Science Week with a family event exploring ‘The Science of the Pasty’.

What makes this event a little more unusual is that it will be planned and delivered by a team of young people, aged from 8 to 13.

The team of young aspiring scientists and engineers are from the St Austell Home Education Group.  They meet regularly at Wheal Martyn for STEM workshops with the Education Officer.  Over the past few weeks, they have been planning the ‘Science of the Pasty’ event, trialling the activities and experiments so that they can facilitate the activities on the day.  The young people are working towards their CREST Bronze Award, which introduces students to project work empowering them to work like real scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Students choose their own topic and methodologies, giving them complete freedom over their work.

Gemma Martin, Education Officer at Wheal Martyn, said, “The young people have worked so well as a team.  I set them the challenge to plan a fun science day, and they have approached it with real enthusiasm and creativity!  I’m looking forward to seeing them in action, inspiring other young people to have fun with science!”

The free family event, ‘The Science of the Pasty’ is on Saturday 14 March, from 1.00 to 3.00pm.  Families will have the opportunity to take part in the hands-on science investigations, rise up to an engineering challenge to design and build a structure, unleash their artistic streak and to be inspired to think like a scientist.