SLIME is always guaranteed to put a huge smile on children’s faces.

So when the Science Museum came to town, all the way from London, with a special workshop, children from one Whitehaven school enjoyed some supercharged slimy fun.

Children from Mayfield School took part in a chemistry workshop for young scientists, making a range of slimes – Sensory Slime, Fluffy Slime, and Unicorn Slime – to squish, stretch, poke, and play with.

The shows are organised by the REACT Foundation, set up by Cleator Moor-based REACT Engineering in 2004.

Irene McMillan, of REACT Engineering, said: “The children had a fabulous time having fun with the different textures, smells and colours of the slime. They had a great time.”

Tracey Teasdale, office manager at Mayfield School, said pupils – and staff – loved joining in the fun.

She said: “The children really enjoyed it. They always have a lot of fun every year at the REACT Foundation science shows.

“The adults have a lot of fun too! The teachers seem to enjoy it as much as the children.

“It’s one of those great days in the school calendar when everyone has a lot of fun, while learning through different experiences at the same time.”

The slime sessions were led by Ted Hill and Kate Hunter from the outreach team at the Science Museum in London.

The Reactioneers, a group of 16 primary schoolchildren who meet at REACT’s offices at Cleator Moor on Tuesday evenings in term times in sessions manned by volunteers from REACT’s own team, also enjoyed their own Slime Time workshop.

The REACT Foundation science shows, which take place over a fortnight in the autumn term every year, are sponsored by E.ON and the University of Cumbria.

More than 7,500 young people attended this year’s shows, and more than 84,000 have taken part since the REACT Foundation held its first science show in 2006.

Phil Redfern, managing director of REACT, said: “It’s wonderful to see the reaction of the young people to these shows.

“It is very rewarding to see the impact and difference they make.”