Usually we arrive at a school, do a couple of shows and a couple of class sized workshops and leave. Apart from sending out our newsletter that is probably all the contact we have with most schools. A few book us again and occasionally we have run science clubs but our actual impact on the school is limited.
We know schools enjoy what we do and we also know how inspiring a visit can be especially for the staff.
So when we were approached by Reaching Wider Partnerships to really get involved with a school we were thrilled.
After much discussion it was decided that a half day of shows for the whole school followed by 4 half days with two classes would be affordable on the funding budget.
Our first school Ysgol Bryn Gwalia is in Mold. It is a medium sized school with a demographic that fits the funding criteria and a very enthusiastic staff who jumped at the chance to have us in.
Our first visit was for two shows - one for each key stage. We decided our show "I Wasn't Expecting That!" was probably the most exciting and as an introduction to Science2U very appropriate!
Everyone at the school was so welcoming and accommodating. We needed to arrive at the start of lunchtime to set up in the hall and to be honest we expected a bit of resistance from the dinner staff because usually the military precision needed to get a whole school through lunches in the set time is a well oiled machine that really doesn't need us interfering.
But they had set us aside a space and some tables and were brilliant - well done ladies!
We started with KS1 who were a little nervous of what we were going to do and arrived with huge eyes taking in all the equipment. They soon got the idea that this was going to be fun and we had lots of hands shooting up to volunteer.
The fireworks went down a treat especially the iron filings sparklers and Helen's fireball got a huge cheer.
Sadly it was over all too soon but the staff had taken lots of photos and before the next show had even started Twitter was alive with pictures!
We had a few extra treats for them including the whoosh bottle and popping lids off cans with dry ice.
Again lots of volunteers and some really super images plus some videos!!
A dry ice finale left everyone very happy and years 3 & 4 extremely thrilled that they were going to be the classes we work with over the next few weeks.