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TV's Greg Foot fires off a whizzbang at Bow School for British Science Week

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:01 15 March 2016

TV scientist Greg Foot creates bottle rocket with pupil Peter McCartney at Bow School for British Science Week which runs till Sunday [photos: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire]

TV scientist Greg Foot creates bottle rocket with pupil Peter McCartney at Bow School for British Science Week which runs till Sunday [photos: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire]

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TV scientist Greg Foot turned up in London's East End to get schoolchildren ready for a whizzbang of a Science Week.

Greg Foot creates a Bottle Rocket with Bow School pupil  Peter McCartneyGreg Foot creates a Bottle Rocket with Bow School pupil Peter McCartney

It’s ‘demo day’ on Thursday when 600 schools up and down the country spark the imaginations of pupils and pump science back into the veins of Britain’s national culture.

Greg arrived at Bow Secondary yesterday to set the youngsters’ imaginations alight with physics and chemistry.

“Encouraging pupils to do hands-on experiments and try things out can be a great way to introduce them to science,” he said.

“It gives them some real world context alongside their curriculum studies.”

Bow pupils Sadie Weems (left) and Ellie Conn create coloured flames in a lab experiment for British Science WeekBow pupils Sadie Weems (left) and Ellie Conn create coloured flames in a lab experiment for British Science Week

Greg is known for creating spectacular demonstrations on TV and big science shows on stage.

He is helping to organise Demo Day as one of the flagship activities for British Science Week, which runs till Sunday with a programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events for all ages.

He is the resident scientist on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, has been on BBC Radio doing experiments with the Scott Mills team and is a regular presenter on the YouTube Head Squeeze channel.

Greg presented a six-part science series for BBC 3 in 2012 called The Secrets of Everything.

TV's Greg Foot keeps watch on pupils' experiments at Bow School for British Science WeekTV's Greg Foot keeps watch on pupils' experiments at Bow School for British Science Week

But there was no secret when he arrived at Bow Secondary yesterday to fire off British Science Week.

Bow Secondary science teacher Calvin Chu said: “Together we want to make science cool again—so I hope events like Demo Day this Thursday inspires kids of all ages to understand and appreciate the incredible depth and scope of science in modern life.”

The annual campaign aims to inspire teachers, technicians and pupils to explore new concepts, to provoke discussions and to generate excitement through running hands-on science demonstrations in class.

Demo Day events are taking place across east London and all over the UK, from digital demos kicking off in Londonderry to events in schools in East Anglia, Inverness and Cornwall in “an explosion of physics, chemistry, technology, engineering and maths”.

The Demo Day 2016 map has a list of schools taking part in British Science Week events.

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