Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Pupils get scientific at Stormont

Exploding volcanoes, racing glaciers and fossilising footprints were just some of the activities which took place at Parliament Buildings during Science at Stormont.

Organised by the Geological Survey Northern Ireland as part of National Science and Engineering Week, the event saw 91 Primary 6 and 7 pupils from schools across Belfast take part in activities aimed at increasing their awareness of earth science.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said: "It's very important that we try to instil an interest in science-related subjects in children from a young age, as it continues to be a key driver for economic growth."

Pupils took part in activities such as making and erupting their own volcanoes, using party poppers to discover the difficulties in predicting earthquakes, and making and tasting their own toothpaste using some of Northern Ireland's rocks.

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