The Cullingworth school took 80 year 10 students to the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham for high-octane theatre shows, interactive science stands and careers workshops.
They saw the latest research in virtual reality, medicine, marine biology, film and TV, space exploration, explosive chemistry, crime-solving, robots, computer coding, microscopic bugs and giant trucks.
Also, as part of the week, year 12 students went to Bradford University for the annual Schools Analyst competition held by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The teams had to undertake various practical analytical determinations based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs.
Dr Hayley Evans, Parkside’s Assistant Head of Science, said: “They were judged on skill, understanding and accuracy. The national competition promoted team work and safety in the laboratory.
“We took two teams of three students who competed against 16 different schools. We came joint third and were the winning state school.”