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News article created on 14 March 2013

Primary schools take to the canal for National Science & Engineering Week

Pupils from five primary schools will take part in a series of canal and water themed challenges over the next five days at the popular Stoke Bruerne Museum in Northamptonshire to celebrate National Science & Engineering Week (18-22 March).

There’s no better way for young people to learn than to visit the canals and see for themselves all they have to offer. Elaine Stanley

The activities at the museum on the Grand Union Canal will be led by our education volunteers.

The pupils, all aged between four and 11, will find out how and why some objects float and why others sink, explore the industrial history of the waterways in the museum, find out how a lock works and visit Bob Nightingale, the blacksmith based in the canal side buildings at the entrance to Blisworth Tunnel. The children will also go on a boat trip into the haunted Blisworth Tunnel and learn how to be safe when out and about on the waterways.

Fantastic classroom

Elaine Stanley, education volunteer co-ordinator for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The waterways are a fantastic classroom, home to pioneering science, wonderful wildlife and, of course, all the history the 200 year old canals and rivers have seen.” 

“There’s no better way for young people to learn than to visit the canals and see for themselves all they have to offer, and we’re delighted to be welcoming the schools to Stoke Bruerne Museum to celebrate National Science & Engineering Week.”