Stars of science steal the show

Making a moon mobile in the Vale Academy science zone at Stargazers were:'from the left-Bram Hollingsworth, Alison Morley, Jade Thurston and Oliver Lee.
Making a moon mobile in the Vale Academy science zone at Stargazers were:'from the left-Bram Hollingsworth, Alison Morley, Jade Thurston and Oliver Lee.

Rain may have ruined the big North Lincolnshire Council Stargazing, event, but for The Vale Academy in Brigg it was a chance to showcase the talents of high flying science students.

Leading the way were Ben Zinner from Hibaldstow and his Brigg Sixth Form colleague Elliott Kerman from Brigg.

Ben said:“We wanted to show how objects function in a space environment and so we put some in a steel chamber then created a vacuum in there. The objects we used were marshmallows.”

Visitors were fascinated as they watched the chamber release its air causing the marshmallows to expand.

“Then we let the oxygen rush back in and saw that the marshmallows became smaller than when the process started,” added Ben.

Principal of The Vale Academy Gail Young said: “This is the first time we have been invited to Stargazers and it has been fantastic.

“Year 9 and 10 as well as the sixth form have been involved and they are some of our most able students.”

Jayne Hunter, assistant principal, said: “This is a chance for our students to showcase their talents in a variety of ways.

“We have several demonstrations, one about alien slime, one on moonscapes and we have a paper model of the solar system.”

Pictured making a moon-mobile and involving themselves in planet chromatography in The Vale Science Zone were students Bram Hollingsworth, Jade Thurston, Oliver Lee and Alison Morley.