Hasland Infant and Nursery School in Chesterfield held a jam-packed science week to show pupils just how fun and exciting science can be!
We supported the school by helping to find STEM Ambassadors - volunteers from industry with a background or career in STEM and who want to support local schools. They were able to lead some of the activities along with parents who also delivered sessions and supported in the classrooms.
John Queening, STEM Ambassador delivered a workshop on rockets enabling pupils to learn about what makes a rocket fly, forces and Newton’s Third Law of Motion. As part of the workshop, pupils designed a paper rocket and were able to fire it 100ft in the air - despite a rainy day, the rockets shot high up landing in trees and on rooftops!
Pupils designed their own Bloodhound Supersonic car powered by a balloon and explored ways to make it go faster. The pupils then raced their cars in the hall until a champion car was discovered! Supported by STEM Ambassadors John Queening, Jon Doar and Martin Sower – they were able to explain to pupils how engineers test and modify their designs until they achieve optimum results.
Emma Shanks, STEM Ambassador and senior scientist with the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton did a ‘You’re Banned’ acoustics workshop. Teams of pupils pretended they were a band in the finals of a national competition and needed to practise. The drummer's parents had offered their spare room... but only if they could sufficiently soundproof it. Points were scored for best use of materials, staying within budget and lowest noise level achieved outside the soundproofed room.
Pupils also learnt all about flood defences with the help of a flood defence engineer. They investigated the best way to prevent rivers from bursting their banks and made their own rain gauges which were positioned all around the school.
Small teams were tasked with designing a package to keep a raw egg safe even when dropped from a large height in the Great Egg Drop – a fun forces investigation. They had a range of materials to choose from including paper, bubble-wrap, straws and much more! With an industrial scientist at the helm – Michelle Hawkins from the Health and Safety Laboratory, this activity generated a lot of great science thinking.
Pupils around the school also learnt about their hearts and listened to their heart beats using real stethoscopes. Other pupils were discovering how their muscles work and making elbow joints using cardboard and elastic bands. There were also investigations using ingredients found in the kitchen.
Four Newfoundland dogs came along with their owners. The children learned all about how the dogs are trained to rescue people from water as well as how they are cared for by their owners. Nursery and Reception children were treated to a short ride in a cart pulled by the dogs.
With the help of a professional geologist, some of the pupils learned about how mountains are formed and investigated fossils, drawing them and discussing what they thought had been fossilized.
THE PUPILS LOVED EVERY MINUTE!!!