EARTHQUAKES AND MARSHMALLOWS!

Pool Academy teachers brought marshmallows and spaghetti to class when they visited a Camborne primary school recently.

Pupils from Rosemellin Community Primary School, in Camborne, learnt earthquakes don’t cause injuries, it’s the buildings that do, in a special geography workshop run by Pool Academy.

Amy Sparrow, head of Geography at Pool Academy, and Katherine Boase, Geography teacher, were invited to teach year 3 and 4 pupils on the shaky subject. 
They challenged the children to build the tallest and strongest earthquake structure using just marshmallows and spaghetti.

Mrs Boase said: “The school pupils had been learning about earthquakes last term so I offered for Miss Sparrow and myself to go and teach.

“We talked about how earthquakes don’t cause injury to people it’s the buildings collapsing that do.

“We did a little presentation and then the children worked in groups of three or four. They were given spaghetti and marshmallows to make earthquake buildings.

“There was a prize for the strongest structure and tallest structure that withstood the earthquakes.

“They had a really good time and they loved it. They were really engaged with the workshop.
“It was hard for them not to eat the marshmallows though.”

During the workshop the youngsters also learnt phrases such as tectonic hazards and flexible foundations. The geography teachers linked the subject to Italy as this was another topic pupils were learning about.

Mrs Boase said: “We hope to go out and do more primary school workshops.”

One pupil from Rosemellin Community Primary School said: “It was a really fun lesson and I hope we get to do something like that again.”

Another added: “We really enjoyed the lesson because we got to make our own buildings using spaghetti and marshmallows.”