Terrific Scientific & Supertasters

Year 5 Maple Walk pupils this week took part in a UK-wide science experiment to see how many of them are 'supertasters'.

The Super Taste Test is part of the BBC's Terrific Scientific initiative, which is a new science project, aimed at 9 to 11 year olds, who are taking part in mass-participation experiments across the country.

It is believed that 1 in 4 people are supertasters, which means they have a more intense reaction to bitter tastes.

To find out if they are supertasters, our pupils smeared a drop of blue food dye on their tongues and counted the bumps in an area the size of a hole punch.

These bumps, called fungiform papillae, hold their taste buds.

The results will be shared with Coventry University, who are collating the information from schools throughout the UK.

The project is aimed at providing opportunities for children to understand the relevance of science to their lives, whilst helping UK scientists with exciting new research which has never before been conducted on this scale.

to find out more visit Terrific Scientific