PUPILS at Wey Valley School saw their science lessons brought dramatically to life.

A series of hands-on workshops and demonstrations were organised as part of the ‘Science at Work’ event which aimed to show students how science is used in the work place.

The event, which is backed by the Royal Society of Chemistry, aims to encourage young people to learn more about the applications of science and to be interested in taking up scientific careers when they leave school.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service took part in the day, teaching the students about the chemistry of fire and vividly demonstrating the dangers of fire through the use of their chip pan demonstration unit.

Science and technology specialists Katalytic demonstrated how science is used in the food industry, creating ice-cream and sherbet with pupils as part of their STEM programme across Dorset schools.

The Government Defence Science and Technology Laboratories also took part by showing pupils some of their work they do and setting them a forensic science challenge.

Mary Critchell, Careers Manager at the Wey Valley School, said: “We wanted to show students that science is used every day in the workplace, whether you are in food, manufacturing, the service industry or technology.

“Working alongside adults from the world of work really helps to bring into focus the importance of science in everyday life.

“The students really enjoyed the activities.”