GETTING hands on with science, pupils from Barry schools used chemistry to create bath bombs and bubbles during a visit to Dow Corning.

More than 180 nine and 10-year-olds from seven schools visited Dow Corning’s unique Education and Nature Centre as part of its Science Week.

The week aims to help children gain a better understanding of how chemicals are used to create everyday items and to give them an early interest in science.

Cadoxton Primary School, Sully County School, Palmerston Primary, Jenner Park School, St Helen RC Junior School, All Saints Church in Wales and Ysgol Sant Curig all took part.

Ten-year-old Olivia Barnett from St Helen’s School in Barry said: “It was so much fun coming to Dow Corning and learning how to mix different chemicals to make new things.

"We could choose whatever scents and colours we wanted for our bath bombs and bubble baths and made them ourselves.

"We even got to wrap them up to take home afterwards. I used lavender in my bubble bath and called it Super Bubbles. It’s made me think that science can be fun.”

Brian Austin, Site Manager at Dow Corning in Barry, said: “Science Week is a great way to inspire young people to take an interest in science by making it relevant and fun.

"It also gives them a better understanding of what’s happening here at Dow Corning. We are very lucky to have our Education and Nature Centre, which allows us to do things like this with local schools and groups on a regular basis.”