Kids enjoying a science fun day.

Royal Institution and JM join forces for food and energy fun

5th July 2017

JM's Chilton and Sonning sites joined together with the Royal Institute to host science fun days for local school children.



After the success of our partnership on the Christmas lectures, JM and the Royal Institution collaborated to provide over 300 children with a day of inspiring science demonstrations and activities.

JM's R&D site in Chilton hosted over 200 children and adults from four local schools over two days and our Sonning Common site hosted 120.


Bringing science to life

The children were first treated to an RI demonstration of 'Explosive Food', given by professional science communicator Dan Plane. He demonstrated, to the delight and disgust of the audience, the amount of energy in food and how the body processes it through the digestive system. The last segment where food turned into its ultimate product of digestion was greeted with howls of glee and hilarity from the kids.

After the demonstration the children had the chance to conduct their own experiments with the help of volunteers from Johnson Matthey. The activities included using lemons as batteries, balloon powered cars and seeing powerful plasmas.


Positive impact

We had great feedback from the schools with one of them saying, "our students thoroughly enjoyed themselves". All the staff had a great time carrying out the science activities with many asking, "when are we doing this again?".

Feedback from the children was extremely positive with many stating they want to return the following year and several hinting at a science-based career in future employment.