The Great Science Share - Pioneered in Manchester - Making a Difference UK-Wide
This year we have had the honour of taking part in 'The Great Science Share' which is a national programme of events designed to inspire young people into Science and Engineering. This satellite science-fair-style event was held at the Nelson Mandela school and involved 6 other local schools. Our children represented English Martyrs' really well, especially when facilitating others to participate in their experiments.
Every school was asked to come up with 2 investigations that they could set up and help others to explore...
Year 6's Question: Does a layer of fat really keep the cold out?
A messy, buttery experiment to prove the theory of blubber acting as insulation!
Year 4's Question: Can you put a skewer through a balloon without popping it?; Can you put a skewer through a water-filled bag without getting wet?
A super exciting challenge - not only was it fun to have a go at, but our children explained the science behind it articulately using all the right scientific vocabulary!
We have been really fortunate to be involved in the Polar Explorer Programme launched by STEM Learning (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) which encourages and supports schools who are keen to raise aspirations and attainment in STEM subjects and aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
In 2014, the Government announced a £200 million investment for a new polar research ship. The RRS Sir David Attenborough will enable world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic for the next 25 years.
With funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) STEM are using the build, launch and operation of RRS Sir David Attenborough to bring an exciting new context to the teaching of STEM subjects.
Schools will gain the support of a Polar Ambassador, a specially selected STEM professional, who will help to enrich the teaching of STEM subjects in primary schools.
Thank you to Dr Simon Sheriden (specialist in Space Science) - our STEM Ambassador - who has supported us this year during exciting Science events.