Stop What You’re Doughing – Biology Bake Off is Back!

12 October 2017 | College News

As part of National Biology Week, Plymouth primary school pupils were invited to put their creative, culinary skills to the test in a Biology Bake Off.

The pupils ‘kneaded’ to don their aprons, and roll up their sleeves, to compete in a biology themed cake decorating competition. They got stuck in and sticky learning all about the science of cooking, and the structure of flowers, culminating in a ‘bake off’, where they used their newfound knowledge to create anatomically accurate flower cakes.

Armed with a selection of icings, sweets and decorating tools, the pupils were challenged to decorate cakes that would be marked for their realistic appearance, anatomical details, neatness and how innovative the pupils were with their decorations. Special guest judge Georgie Rowe, City College alumni and owner of Mrs Brown’s Café, awarded the prizes to the star bakers – Weston Mill Community Primary Academy.

Andy Robinson, STEM Hub Officer at City College, said: “Biology Week showcases the important and amazing world of the biosciences – getting everyone, from children to professional biologists, involved in fun and interesting life science activities.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t borrow the white tent, but this was a unique opportunity for these young people to learn in an ‘eggciting’ hands-on environment. This was a great way to make biology relevant and to engage these pupils in the STEM subjects. It is massively important to get young people involved with science, technology, engineering and maths, and activities like these hook them into the possibilities STEM offers them for the future. It was a very successful day and you better believe some of the cakes deserved a ‘Paul Hollywood handshake’.”

Special guest judge, Georgie Rowe said: “It was so good to see so many schools coming together to learn and have fun baking – that’s what it’s all about after all! The cakes were amazing, colourful and creative, and they look great. I think I have some competition!”

For young people interested in STEM subjects, the STEM Hub will be running clubs during half term, Tuesday 24 October to Friday 27 October, 9.00am – 3.00pm. Aimed at 9-13 year olds, the days will be themed around animation, with the chance to have a go at stop-motion and facial animation, and try out augmented reality. Places are limited so booking is essential via the online store: www.onlinestore.cityplym.ac.uk. Contact STEM@cityplym.ac.uk or call 01752 305050 for more information.

 

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