A GROUP of schoolchildren will be among the first to take part in a science venture.

A science club has been jointly launched by Sunderland University, science staff from Easington Community School, teachers from five primary schools and members of the Aimhigher project.

Activities are designed to motivate and engage students in science, including forensic science investigation, a study of the east Durham coastal ecology and a visit to the Life Centre, in Newcastle, during National Science Week.

A group of year six pupils from primary schools in east Durham have been chosen to take part.

The first session, to be held at Easington Community School, will see sparks fly as the pupils investigate the principles behind fireworks.

Peter Phipps, Aimhigher project director said: "This represents a marvellous opportunity for the young people to enjoy the thrills of real investigative science and is another example of the excellent partnership between Sunderland University and the schools in the local community.''