Posted on December 12th 2022
Science Demonstrations Show Students They Have The Power
External presenters from The Royal Institution came in last week to host shows on 'We've got the power', featuring ideas about sustainability. The show was open to our Year 7s and 8s, who were very excited to be part of this wonderful show.
The Royal Institution is an independent charity dedicated to connecting as many people as possible to the world of science. We had two shows during the day, with 15 science demonstrations in each. They were:
- Fire in Hand
- Burning Coal
- CO2 Candle Extinguisher
- Blue Sky
- Infrared ‘Ray’ Gun
- Hero’s Engine
- Hand Crank Generator
- Hero’s Engine with Wind Generator
- Blowing Wind Generator
- Solar Panel Explainer
- Leyden Jar
- Electroball3000 Explainer and Pass Around
- Voltaic Pile
- Igniting Hydrox Bubbles with E-match using Electroball3000
During the show, students exhibited the best behaviour and were very curious to see how we can save our planet using science ideas. It featured different ways in which electricity is produced today and how we can make some sustainable changes to it, to save our planet from various environmental issues.
It was an excellent event, and the pupils came out beaming and were speaking so positively about the experience. The curiosity from our pupils and their eagerness to get involved was so nice to see.
It was an interactive session, where students also had an opportunity to help the presenter with the show. Watching our students, stand up in front of 180 people and help the presenter with a live show would have been a big step in boosting their personal development.
We also had an opportunity to do some staff training after school. Staff did some fun experiments including making water rockets as an effective way to explain forces. Science is a very content-heavy subject, so linking it to such fun activities will help in student engagement.
We received some excellent feedback about our students and the school in general from the royal institution. They were well impressed by the behaviour of students in the school and how they were so keen to be part of this fantastic event .
The Royal Institution has been going for well over 200 years and has an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli. They believe that science is transformative. It shapes our world, and everyone should have a say in how it is used in our lives.