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South Moreton pupils recycling helium with Rutherford Appleton Laboratories

South Moreton School will be the first in the country to help support the science at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories by recycling their helium balloons.

South Moreton pupils received a visit from the Cryogenics team at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, to learn about some of the scientific research carried out there and the helium recovery system. The children are passionate about the environment and keen to support recycling.

With helium in short supply, and a finite resource, this is an important step in ensuring that supplies continue for the future, with helium used in considerable amounts in scientific research and medical equipment. Pupils are bringing their helium balloons to school (once fully enjoyed!) where they are delivered to the ISIS Neutron and Muon source for them to recycle back into the liquifier. This process turns the helium back into a liquid and makes it ready to use in experiments.

Headteacher Cheryl Sanchez said the children 'are excited to be the first school involved in this initiative' and the children are having a direct impact on the science taking place.