This year British Science week ran from 5th – 14th March 2021. As this was also the week that we were looking forward to welcoming all children back into school following school closure, we thought what better way to inspire and motivate the children than to celebrate this fantastic event!
Across the school, the children enjoyed fun and practical activities and stories. It was fantastic to see them using their skills to work scientifically; asking questions, making predictions, observing and evaluating!
As a school we have been busy developing links with STEM Ambassadors, to provide an exciting perspective to the way in which science is enjoyed in our school. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians, and they give up their time to share their expertise and experience with young people in schools. This year, although we were unable to invite an Ambassador into school, we were delighted to be able to make a link with Dan and the LMUK Ampthill Outreach team (Leaders in systems engineering in the UK) and take part in an exciting activity which they created for us.
Dan and the team recorded a virtual lesson for the children showing them how to make their own paper rockets, which they could then test on the stomp launcher! The children couldn’t wait to get started thinking about their designs. It was wonderful to see them helping each other and interesting to watch the different ways that each year group approached the task. The children soon realised that the bigger, heavier rockets weren’t always the best when it came to the launch!