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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future

Y3 STEAM day

We discussed the problem with waste and how humans impact the environment. Year 3 discussed how we can help the planet, such as by recycling or planting vegetables. This brought up a question: why are there some materials we can not recycle? 


We discovered a material that is extremely difficult to recycle: Styrofoam. There is a way you can get rid of it though - acetone! Acetone completely dissolves polystyrene such as Styrofoam. This material does not break down and fills our landfills - so the children were very impressed when the Styrofoam dissolved with the acetone.


We had to use our STEAM skills to complete this activity - such as asking questions, working together, setting up and conducting experiments. It really had the WOW factor!