Colour Experience update

In addition to our regular groups visiting Perkin House, the CE team has been out and about providing educational experiences across the region. Through sustained collaboration with providers of STEM education events, the CE team has continued to provide outreach activities for learners young and old.

BIG BANG Yorkshire and Humber 2014

Event organisers HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) hosted the Big Bang Yorkshire and Humber fair at Doncaster Racecourse in June. Over 3,500 children attended a free full day of interactive activities designed to inspire students to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. The CE team provided three different opportunities:

  • Colour Taste ChallengeGet up and Glow – attended by 500 people, who discovered the fascinating science behind glow sticks!
  • The Colour Taste Challenge – over 1,100 students took up the challenge to detect how colour changes taste perception. Fiona Firth, an experienced primary school teacher, gamely volunteered her time to help staff this very busy kiosk.
  • Sponsorship of the project category ‘Best Project: Textiles (KS4)’ which was won by St Augustine’s School, Scarborough with their Electronic Jacket Project. The winners received an engraved glass plaque and £150 in shopping vouchers. This project won the Electronics category too! The STEM projects that were submitted at the fair will have the chance to go forward to the National Science and Engineering Competition National Finals in March 2015.

NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business Enterprise Partnership)

Secondary learners engaged with the practical application of chemistry in the ‘Natural Dyes’ workshops held at Woldgate College, Pocklington and Aireville School in Skipton. Over two days Richard Ashworth worked with 11 different groups exploring challenges such as sustainability, technology and innovation in the industry. The Chemistry at Work events are funded by The Royal Society of Chemistry and are held annually, and the Colour Experience was again invited to take on a vital role.

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