ScienceClubz workshops bring enormous value to children taking part. We want to share with you why we are so passionate about enabling children to do this fantastic thing during their primary school years here.
What is it all about?
Our after-school science clubs use experiments, creative modelling, design, teamwork, singing, music and dramatic role-play to help children of all learning styles learn to love science.
Every week, children experience an engaging storyline such as “Can we power Spaceships with Poo?” introducing fundamental science principles such as (in this case!) electricity and magnetism, anaerobic digestion and the challenges of space flight!
Kids love the active involvement - using all of the senses to learn and enjoy their time during the workshops, and each of them takes home a fun worksheet containing a tailored quiz, game and often a home experiment.
Our fabulous science heroes and heroines provide an historical context for each of our topic areas of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Innovation, and a focal point for our incentive scheme of stickers, certificates and trophies throughout the year.
Our workshops change every week and often they are linked to local celebrations such as Guy Fawkes Day or Shrove Tuesday.
Every year, ScienceClubz includes special themes which run for one of the workshops each term. Examples are:
Additional science enrichment events for all pupils (regardless of whether they are involved in ScienceClubz) are arranged and facilitated (free of charge) by ScienceClubz as a “Thank you” to the school for being part of our growing and enthusiastic family. For example,
ScienceClubz was founded in Oxfordshire by former Rutherford Appleton Laboratory space science software engineer, and mother of twin girls, Sue Priest, who loves science and wants her own, and other, children to love it, too.
My two girls love ScienceClubz, they find the topics very interesting and it is relevant for both 6 year and 10 year
olds - they even enjoy doing the homework (!), it has truly enhanced their learning. I find the parents/home notes particularly useful as this helps me understand what they have
covered, provide help where necessary and build upon anything they want to know more about. The girls said the lab coats and safety glasses they wear when doing something practical make them
feel like a real scientist. The whole experience has given them a true passion for Science - thank you.
Deborah, Parent of pupils attending
St John's Priory School, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Our art is in SPACE!
WE HAVE LIFT OFF!
The Science of Smell
A number of intrepid junior scientists had a bash at the perfume design challenge and engineered their own creations. If you look closely - the ingredients of one can be seen in the photo - try it yourself - it smells fantastic - Roll over Chanel No. 5!
Who would have thought that when asked "Who wants to look at a dead mackerel?" the whole class would say "YES!" and pretty much all of them got hands-on to feel the feathery gills of this amazing fish. The surface area needs to be large so the gills can get out the 1% or so of dissolved Oxygen from the water. Take a look at the short film snippet to see how and why it needs to use only DISSOLVED Oxygen!