The Chemistry of Fireworks

On Thursday 5th November, the science department hosted a ‘chemistry of fireworks’ event, where students, parents and staff learnt about the science of fireworks. They completed explosive demonstrations and hands-on experiments including making different flame colours used in fireworks, launching mini rockets and creating a ‘rainbow fizz’.

Everyone then moved over to Sixth Form, where there was face painting, apple bobbing, hot dogs and drinks before a fireworks display, generously donated by the Fireworks Mining Company in Plympton. The evening raised £200 towards an outdoor learning space for the science department.

Mr Waite
(ACL for Science)

Chemistry Showcase at School

PUPILS and their parents took part in a spectacular showcase of all things science-related at a Plymouth school this week.

More than 100 families attended the Chemistry of Fireworks workshop at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College on Bonfire Night, learning all about the power and pitfalls of pyrotechnics.

The free event is part of a national curriculum push to encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Jon Gardiner, who is head of science, said: "It was a great event that was well attended by our pupils and their families, as well as members of the wider community.

"To tie in with Bonfire Night, we looked at how science can be applied to build your own fireworks in a safe and controlled manner.

"The event, which was funded by the school and sponsored by the Firework Mine Company, will hopefully inspire a few more of our students to pursue a career in the science industry."

Plymouth Herald