The Bythams Primary School
Creeton Road, Little Bytham, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 4PX
Telephone: 01780 410275 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday 7th February the Bythams Terrific Scientific WOW day started with a big bang (literally) as DNA Dave and Kinetic Kimberly from the MAD Science Team wowed us with an exciting assembly to introduce our Science WOW day. After that the children moved in to their house colours and worked in teams to investigate and explore a variety of different scientific scenarios.
The first session of the day allowed children to investigate friction through building a model car and measuring the distance it travelled on different surfaces. Ramps were measured at a specific height and were covered with sandpaper, rubber, carpet and board. Cars were then released from the top of each ramp. The surface that caused the most friction was carpet and children really enjoyed making the cars. Isabella Marriott stated, “I really enjoyed making our cars and they were easy to make. It was fun testing different cars and putting weight on them to see how far they would travel. I discovered that friction can slow things down.”
This session was all about circuits. We first watched a video about items around the home that used electrical circuits. The children were surprised about the amount of things there were! We then had a PowerPoint explaining circuits and what problems might arise when making them. There were then 3 activity tables. The first had a number of electrical components which the children investigated, with questions to help their investigations. What happened if you added an extra bulb? Could you have more than one battery pack? The second table had an electrical circuit already made up with a gap between 2 crocodile clips. The children then had to use the items on the table to complete the circuit, determining whether that was a conductor or not. The final table was set up with pictures with electrical circuits in them – a windmill with a moving fan as its sails; a car with working headlights etc. The children were then able to design their own picture and add the electrical circuits to it. All in all a fun and busy session.
Could you destroy a castle using science? The children investigated what forces made objects move and the energy required to do this through the exploration of catapults. But would the amount of energy with which you're loading your device factor in as well? The children soon put this question to test as they had a tray full of assorted items and they had to design their own catapult to fire at a castle. The children worked brilliantly in teams and soon the classroom was a deadly environment with their creations firing missiles around the room (some even managed to hit the castle)!
An amazing time was had by all at the mad science part of the day. We were wowed by the wonders of dry ice. The dry ice would flow as a gas when water was added to it. When contained it would flow out of a hole in the flask so the children could see that it had a fizzy taste. He then added orange squash into it and the children thought it tasted like tango. We had a look at bubbles and made different structures with the kinetics construction they brought in. We made different shapes and was shown how to make cuboid shaped bubbles.
Oscar Hodge stated, “It was such an exciting day full of science and fun! The mad science team were awesome and when the hydrogen balloon exploded I jumped in shock! I love the WOW days they are so much fun and I love working in teams with friends from different classes.”