Chemical company inspiring school pupils

A UK chemical company has inspired a new generation of scientists and increased enthusiasm in STEM-related subjects in students aged eight to nine.

Airedale Chemical invited year four pupils from Sutton-In-Craven Community Primary School for a day on site which involved conducting experiments and understanding chemistry as part of an ongoing partnership with the school.

A post-event survey found that more than 90% of pupils said they were now more aware of how science is used in everyday life as a result of their visit and more than two thirds (69%) would now consider a career in STEM.

The survey also indicated a boost of female followers for the world of STEM. Prior to the visit, none of the female students regarded science as their favourite lesson but afterwards 83% said it was their favourite subject and 100% were now more interested in science.

In the company’s research and development laboratory, pupils took part in an experiment exploring capillary action with use of Airedale Chemical’s range of dyes and a demonstration on how energy can create heat to tie-in with the school’s current science curriculum.

Julia Forster, teacher at Sutton-In-Craven Community Primary School, said: “The children’s enthusiasm following the visit has been phenomenal! Thanks to the partnership, the children have broadened their STEM horizons and have discovered how engaging, creative and stimulating the sciences can be.”

Daniel Marr, Airedale Chemical commercial director, added: “The flood of positive survey responses was fantastic and it’s so important for us to educate and spark the future generation’s interest in STEM. It’s also incredible to have boosted female pupils’ enjoyment in the subject.

“With 97% of children feeling the visit helped them better understand science, we’re looking forward to continuing this relationship.”

All of the company’s work with the community is carried out through the Airedale Foundation, Airedale Chemical’s outreach programme dedicated to local good causes.

Airedale Chemical was established in 1973 and is a leader in chemical and contract manufacturing, servicing markets including agriculture, dairy, water treatment and waste management.

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