Back to school for explosive lessons

Birley Community College Parents and pupils "Explosive Reactions" science evening. Head of Science Mat Galvin with Ocean and Charlie Murray and thier mum Aimi Murray'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk''9 February 2012 -  Image � Paul David Drabble
Birley Community College Parents and pupils "Explosive Reactions" science evening. Head of Science Mat Galvin with Ocean and Charlie Murray and thier mum Aimi Murray'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk''9 February 2012 - Image � Paul David Drabble
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SCIENCE at school wasn’t this much fun in their day...

Parents who went back to Birley Community College had an explosive time as they got stuck in to experiments using liquid nitrogen to freeze items and making methane fireballs.

But they were not learning alone with the Bunsen burners and goggles, they were working alongside students too.

The event was a kickstart to the school’s enterprising work to involve parents in their child’s education rather than just using the regular parents’ evenings.

Mat Galvin, head of science, said: “It was all quite exciting.

“We were trying to show the science behind everything too, not just the explosions and bangs. It was put out there as a bit of a taster, but later on in the year we are going to try and get them doing the same experiments that the children are doing in class with the students showing them how.”

About 40 parents attended the parent and student lecture, called STEM, at the school on Thornbridge Avenue.

There are plans for more later on this year as the school works towards achieving an award in engaging and communicating with parents.

Neil Drew, leader of community cohesion and development at the school, said: “We work really well with our 1,200 students, but we don’t just want to do that, we want to involve parents as well.

“The idea actually came out of some consultation we did, parents said they wanted to get more involved with the school.

“We are hoping to have some more lectures soon so parents can come along and find out how their child is learning.”

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