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Whole school experiment (KS3 & 4) for British Science Week

Discussion in 'Science' started by rachelbartlett0, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. rachelbartlett0

    rachelbartlett0 New commenter

    Hi all, I'm looking for an idea that the whole school can get involved in for science week, ideally with all pupils collecting data/doing a simple practical so we can aggregate the data. Any ideas? Thanks!
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  2. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Neither of these are quite what you are looking for, but....
    Long ago there was a collaborative project, I think set up by the ASE. We constructed a seismometer and then had the whole school jumping up and down outdoors to see if the seismometer would register. I can't remember the details but it was fun - and the seismometer did (just) register.
    On a significant Watson & Crick anniversary we served DNA cocktails to staff (gin at lunchtime went down well!)
  3. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    One idea would be to get everyone involved in some sort of Citizen Science activity. Dozens of different ones are looking for participants.

    Another idea is to pick a simple, easily made object (hoop glider, pencil/card spinning top, pom pom launcher) and get pupils to make one, identify variables and conduct a fair test. Combine data from each variable tested before getting pupils to use the information to made what they think will prove to be the best ever version of the object made before having a competition.

    SSERC has a lot of useful science resources which may provide some ideas. https://www.sserc.org.uk/

    The Let's Talk series has some interesting topics and resources for discussing current scientific issues. There are practical activities which go with the discussion materials.
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  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    What about a sort of egg race or making a device to protect an egg. Egg that survives the biggest drop wins.
  5. msuxg

    msuxg New commenter

    Take a look at the global experiments archive from the Royal Society of Chemistry: four experiments, each one accessible by different age groups, usually using cheap and easibly obtained materials. They come with full instructions, handouts and videos.
  6. geosci

    geosci New commenter

    jumping in - thanks for the links !

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