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Science Minister gets enthuse’iastic with school experiments

PUBLISHED: 21:56 11 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 05 October 2010

Giuseppe Sipiano, 14, shows how volatile methane bubbles catch fire (top), while Anthony To, 13, sees electricity jumping mid air (centre), then joins classmate Wasim Rahman, also 13, to explain to Mi

Giuseppe Sipiano, 14, shows how volatile methane bubbles catch fire (top), while Anthony To, 13, sees electricity jumping mid air (centre), then joins classmate Wasim Rahman, also 13, to explain to Mi

GOVERNMENT minister Jim Knight was in East London this week to ignite more classroom interest in science. The Schools Minister exploded the idea that science was boring’ with a series of experiments that wowed youngsters at Oaklands Secondary in Bethnal Green to launch Project Enthuse, a national scheme to keep children interested by changing the way it is taught

By Laura Aylett

GOVERNMENT minister Jim Knight was in East London this week to ignite more classroom interest in science.

The Schools Minister exploded the idea that science was 'boring' with a series of experiments that wowed youngsters at Oaklands Secondary in Bethnal Green.

The visit was to launch Project Enthuse, a national scheme to keep children interested by changing the way it is taught.

"Science, technology and maths should be exciting and inspiring," said the Minister.

"Britain has a great tradition for producing world class scientists and engineers. We want to build on that."

The number of school-leavers applying for science courses at university has declined in recent years, which is worrying the Government.

Industry bosses have long complained that the lack of skilled science graduates means Britain cannot compete with other countries.

So Whitehall is injecting cash to retrain teachers in the hope of reversing the trend.

The scheme Mr Knight launched this week sends teachers on courses at the National Science Learning centre in York, where they get to grips with how to make lessons fun in the classroom with science demonstrations.

The project funded by Whitehall with industry and commerce, including companies such as Rolls Royce, is aimed at producing more British scientists of the future.

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