Saturday Smarties18th November 2013
Rainbows, Eyeballs and Fireworks
What do they have in common? Over forty children from ten primary schools in and around Canterbury got the chance to find out when the science department opened its laboratories on two Saturday mornings, the 9th and 16th of November.
The 'Saturday Smarties' master classes for promising young scientists in years 5 and 6 are a new venture by the School. A team of fifth and sixth formers worked alongside teachers to guide the youngsters in carrying out experiments and solving problems. Challenges included analysing the spectrum produced with a prism and coloured filters, identifying the parts of a dissected cow’s eyeball, and carrying out coloured flame tests in a Bunsen burner. The morning’s fun culminated in a demonstration of coloured fireballs from exploding hydrogen balloons laced with metal salts.
In a separate initiative, pupils and teachers are collaborating with the Year 6 class at Parkside Primary School in Canterbury on a regular basis. The aim is to give pupils more confidence in their experimental skills and help to smooth the transition to secondary school science.
The programme seeks to strengthen partnerships in science between King’s and neighbouring schools, and the Saturday Smarties participants will be welcomed back over the next two terms.