British Science Week is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), which happens once a year. It is one of the biggest national science celebrations.
Each year, over one million people take part in fun, scientific activities across the UK. The event is organised by the British Science Association. Their aim is to support everyone with taking part in scientific experiments or discoveries. It is hoped that this will spark an interest in science which may encourage children to take up a job in science when they are older.
This year, the theme for British Science Week was ‘Innovating for the Future’. This theme was chosen because innovation is all around us. It’s a part of people, animals, nature, materials and everything else in our everyday lives.
At Brabyns, the whole school joins in with the National Celebrations by carrying out a range of interesting and engaging activities within a fun & experiment packed week.
The youngest members of our Brabyns family, investigated different materials with magnets, electrical circuits (they were amazed when they could light the bulb) and investigated friction, finding out which ramp was the fastest for their car. They also watched the chemical reaction happen when mentos were added to a large bottle of coca cola.
While our oldest children, Year 6, enjoyed a great electrical circuit session making their own electric games.
Year 3 and 4 really enjoyed making their own lava lamps and investigating density using different liquids. Year 5 detected acids and alkalis using litmus paper and indicator. They also enjoyed making colour changing magic potions and separated inks using the technique of chromatography.Year 1 and 2 built their own volcanoes with sand and watched them erupt with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. They were amazed.
Reception and all the Juniors also experimented with rockets, they made balloon rockets flying them along a piece of string and then used the same chemical reaction of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to blast the plastic bottle rockets up into the air. One of them actually hit our forest school sign and landed about 50 metres away!
At the end of the week the children took home a Science quiz to do with their parents. With the winners earning some Science goodies.
What a great week to celebrate being back in school at Brabyns.