British Science Week 2021
British Science Week is a ten-day UK wide celebration of science, engineering, technology and maths. With this year’s theme of Innovating for the Future, boys enjoyed activities covering topics ranging from climate science and farming technology to minibeasts and bionics, all the while continuing to draw links between STEM subjects and other areas of the curriculum, as well as their own lives and interests and indeed their future.
During British Science Week, STEM Club were charged with inventing a product or service that they would like to see become reality in the future, a challenge which boys in Pre-Prep also embarked upon, with their focus being minibeasts.
Year 3 considered the very topical issue of plastic waste and, inspired by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the recent rocket launch, Year 4 celebrated British Science Week by designing their own straw rockets, a task which culminated in a competitive battle to test their prototypes – it seems that we may well have some future rocket scientists in the making!
Whilst Year 5 made the most of being back in the Lab, continuing with their investigations into weight and mass, boys in Year 6 learned about issues regarding selective breeding for food, exploring its advantages and disadvantages. They presented their ideas by way of a lively role-play, in which the boys effectively communicated their points of view, with particular congratulations going to ‘Adam the Dairy Farmer’ for his most convincing argument!
With the recent launch and early success of the Perseverance rover, Years 7 and 8 investigated developments in the field of bionics and it’s place in the future of space exploration. Using cardboard, straws, string and rubber bands, the boys made their very own bionic hands, with the dexterity of Robonaut 2, the International Space Station’s resident humanoid, as further inspiration. They related different aspects of the build to the function of their own hands, developing their understanding of how bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments affect the function of the fingers and the particular importance of the thumb.
It was a fun packed week indeed and a fantastic way to settle back into life in our Lab.