CHILDREN at Wellhouse Junior and Infant School, Golcar, found science can be fun - as well as informative - when they took part in a York University project.
It was organised by the university's Chemical Industry Education Centre and involved working with Linthwaite firm Grosvenor Chemicals.
The project, called Children Challenging Industry, aimed to show pupils that investigational science can be fun as well as informative.
It also illustrated that classroom-based science relates to the outside world.
The pupils investigated the best materials to seal leaking pipes, how to filter water to make it clean and how to build a heat exchanger to cool hot water.
Head teacher Norman Bailey said: "As a school we are keen to encourage the pupils to use practical skills in technology and science.
"The participation in the project has enabled us to do this in a realistic scenario.
"It also affords the opportunity to foster links with companies in the local area," he added.
"We are always extremely keen to do this because it enhances the pupils' experience of the curriculum and their understanding of the local community and citizenship."
Pupils from Years 3 to 6 will visit Grosvenor Chemicals in the next few weeks.
They will see how their investigations relate to the company's scientific and manufacturing processes.