Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Science club week 4

This week we wanted to do something totally different.
After three weeks of pipettes and chemicals this came as quite a surprise!
We were exploring how we use electricity especially with light.
Even the room was different - although that was because we needed to be near power sockets.

As the club members entered there were gasps of amazement at the display ranging from the plasma ball through fibre optics and even a disco ball!
Children and parents leaving school made lots of comments about how exciting it all looked. Another great advert for the club!

We explored how you can use movement to make a torch light up. We have a collection of different ones - wind up, dynamo and shaker torches.
We also looked at lots of gadgets that seem to be almost magic like cosmic balls. As this was science club we investigated how they all really worked!
We had a go at the plasma ball and finally the energy stick.

Then it as time for an investigation.
Using the energy stick which lights up and makes a noise when in a complete circuit everyone chose from a huge selection of objects to see whether they were a good conductor of electricity or an insulator.
This is such an easy way to create circuits and lots of noisy fun - which is what science club is all about!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


We are in the middle of a new venture for Science2U
On Mondays during this second  Autumn half term we are running an after school science club with Summerhill primary school in Maghull.
We went earlier in the year as part of MerseySTEMs outreach programme to do a dry ice science show with them at the end of Big Bang week.

While we were there we discussed the possibility of running a club with the science leader Lidsay and after some discussion we started on Nov 2nd.

There are 33 pupils who have all paid up front, ranging from year 3 - year 6.
The six week club is covering topics that link to the curriculum but expand, enhance and enrich the school work.
Plus a few extras thrown in to add the WOW factor

Here are some images from our club