Science Day, May 2018

May 25, 2018

Science Day 2018

Science Day 2018 for the older children began with an assembly on the theme of ‘engineering is everywhere’ and featured ‘welding with chocolate’. Mrs Adams managed to support weights totalling 9.5 kg on a box-section-bridge constructed from four Milky Bars! The younger children met STEM Ambassador Gordon Short, who beautifully conveyed his love of engineering.

For the rest of the morning, the whole school tried a selection of engineering activities inspired by the Siemens Curiosity Project. Here is just a selection of what they tried: Spaghetti Towers; Bubble Mania; Spooky Straws and Eggstra Strong Structures. Why not look at their website and try some over half term?

In the afternoon, the children carried out an investigation called ‘Flap the Fish’. They generated their own questions, planned how to answer them, carried out their investigation, recorded measurements, finally assessed what they had done and then decided what their next question might be.

Recent studies show 62% of young people want a job that has a positive impact on the world and a career in engineering is a chance to do just that. The conclusion is that we have a lot of budding engineers at Greenway!

Here are some quotes from the children:

‘When I’m older, I’m going to be a scientist because yesterday was so much fun!’ Annabelle, Year 1.

I like being a Scientist, I’m an Engineer!’ Harry, Year 1

I really enjoyed it; it was fantastic and the experiments were fun to try’ Noah Year 5.

‘We learned a lot on Science Day’, Anna Year 5

‘I thought it was really good and my favourite was doing different things with static electricity’, Esme Year 5.

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