‘Mad scientists’ make a splash at Southsea primary school

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Children from Craneswater Primary School in Southsea received a visit from a couple of ‘mad scientists’ this week as part of a workshop coordinated by the Southsea Coastal Scheme.

mad sci 2120 children attended the session, aimed to educate students about flood defences and coastal erosion. Engineer and Project Manager for Southsea Coastal Scheme, Zane Gunton, inspired the group with a Q&A about his experience as an expert in coastal engineering and shared the proposals from the Southsea Coastal Scheme. He was followed by Super Sian and Electric Eddy who presented a fun-filled interactive assembly.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, cabinet member for environment and community safety at Portsmouth City Council, who are delivering the scheme said: “We are working to transform the seafront for future generations so it is important to share our proposals with the whole community, including our local schools. We hope engaging children in the subject will inspire them to understand the opportunities the project will bring in terms of protecting our local heritage, regenerating Southsea and creating a more vibrant place for the community.”

Cllr Suzy Horton, cabinet member for education added: "I've spoken to the Southsea Coastal Scheme team I've been told that this is just the start! They have got lots of exciting plans for engagement with schools and colleges in the pipeline for the entire lifecycle of the project, which we hope will encourage young people to consider a career in civil engineering in future"

The children enjoyed learning about the ocean’s impact, building their own mini-groynes and having fun with the wave simulator. They explored the water cycle, rock cycle and discussed the impact weathering has on our coastline. The scientists completed the session with a show stopping ‘storm in a bottle’.

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Emma Waterman, Head of Year 5 at Craneswater Primary School, said: “The children absolutely loved welcoming the ‘mad scientists’ to Southsea and it was great to see them engaging with a subject that has such local relevance. It is so important to inspire our next generation, making learning exciting and memorable.”

Southsea Coastal Scheme has hosted a number of engagement events across the city to share how the seafront may look in the future and to hear views from the community. For more information and to view the proposals, please visit

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