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2 months ago

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Been inspired by the Apollo anniversary, but not able to make it to our exhibition? Learn all about the Moon, including where it came from and how we travelled there, and download a My Moon Adventure booklet for your little astronauts to fill out at home or school on our Moon Hub! Visit iop.org/moon and begin your Moon Adventure online 🌕 🚀 ...

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2 months ago

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I’ve got something in my eye 😍Hello I am Leah, one of the Science Ambassadors from Cleves Cross primary and I have worked with Ambassadors from all the Ferryhill, Chilton and West Cornforth primary schools. I have really enjoyed being a Science Ambassador this year. I loved doing the science clubs, training, the opening of the Phiz Lab, the Rolls Royce and Netpark visits and learning all the science facts. I hope next years Science Ambassadors love it as much as we did! Meeting an astronaut was amazing too! I enjoyed meeting Dr Jenny and Dr Lorraine and all the scientists. Our science club at school was super fun. We have made rockets, slime, oobleck and electronics. Oobleck is a liquid and a solid. In your hand it is a liquid but if you punch or poke it, it’s hard. Also we learned about electronics, we connected wires from a battery to a fan, a buzzer and a light bulb. It’s all been amazing thanks to the Ogden Trust, Durham University Physics Outreach, Business Durham and Approach Too. ...

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2 months ago

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Fantastic day celebrating the achievements of our 9-11 year old science ambassadors from 6 schools from around Ferryhill and Chilton.Another brilliant and inspiring celebration event at Netpark for 36 Science Ambassadors from all the Ferryhill, Chilton and West Cornforth primary schools. Huge thank you to Dr Lorraine Coghill (Durham Uni Science Outreach Coordinator and Ogden Trust Primary Coordinator) Dr Jenny Search ( Regional Education Manager for Inst of Physics) and Gary Chaplin (Business Durham) You keep on amazing us. ...

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3 months ago

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Some of our young science ambassadors will be in action at this event. It looks great.Less than 2 weeks to go until our first Community Fun Day! Activities are being confirmed all the time - keep an eye on our FB event for the latest updates 👉 fal.cn/stnZ
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Investigating microorganisms

I used these lovely resources from E-bug with my regular science club (aged 7-11) this week. We discussed different types of microorganisms (fungi, bacteria and viruses) and then everyone designed their own microorganism and modelled it with plasticine. They gave it a name and described what kind of microorganism it was and whether it was harmful or beneficial. Some described in great detail how their microorganism functioned.

 

For example the Pinchater carali can “Spray a spray that can slightly corrupt body functions. Hairs can sense passing objects and send signals to shut it’s pincers/suction cup”.

Pinchater carali
Nemisius

Another one, the Nemesius “creates itchiness, headaches and brain aches. If the bulb organs are removed it cannot multiply. It has to eat about 7 individual viruses to multiply. It has to eat at least 3 a day or it cannot multiply for a week. It dies by overeating viruses but it will eat a virus it sees no matter how many viruses it has already eaten (max virus intake a day = 13). It squeezes and rotates its tail to move.”

What fantastic creativity!

 

Light festival

My after-school science club made some beautiful lanterns for their installation at the school’s light festival.

3D shapes made into lit up presents and ink chromatography folded into lanterns.

Science Ambassadors

I’ve been working with a group of year 5 & 6 girls from 5 primary schools in County Durham to train them as science ambassadors for their schools. We held a second training day for them at NETPark last week. Here’s a selection of things they want to find out about – I think we have a group of bright, inquisitive future scientists on our hands 🙂20160925_140427