Netherlee scientists mark STEM week

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More than 100 kids designed and launched their own rocket as part of a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Pupils at Netherlee Primary School enjoyed these special events, including lessons about microscopy, conducting electricity through fruit and finding out how oxygen affects the body, during STEM week.

Every child got to try various science experiments, listen to guest speakers and try their hand at engineering. Even 
parents got to join in at an open day.

Head teacher Lynn Sweeney said: “There was a lot of organisation involved. It was a really great atmosphere; the children loved it and the parents enjoy being involved with their child’s learning on this level.”

Primary four pupils designed their own car, while the P5s made a hovercraft from a sports bottle cap and a balloon.

P7 pupils learned all about electrophoresis, which is the method used in DNA analysis while the younger pupils took part in an exercise to demonstrate how oxygen affects our bodies in fitness.

K’nex kits from Glasgow University provided lots of fun during a K’nex challenge and some parents even spoke to the children about their jobs and the world of work as part of financial education week.

Williamwood High ran transition classes with some of the older primary children in an effort to prepare them for the new subjects they will study when they move up to high school, including microscopy, experiments on chromosomes and conducting electricity.

Each class at Netherlee made a special wall display during STEM week to remind them of all that they learned and show off their new expertise to any visitors at the school.