Kingston University STEM Centre

January 2019

Eight of the children in Year 5 went to Kingston university, including me!  I really enjoyed it because we did some fun experiments in a 'lab in a lorry.'  My favourite experiment was when we entered and we got: a bottle, baking powder, balloons, a funnel and some vinegar.  After that, we measured out a certain amount of vinegar and baking powder in the same bottle, it had a reaction which caused the balloon to expand at different rate, depending on the amounts of vinegar and baking powder used.  I really enjoyed my time there and it was an experience that I shall never forget. Finlay, Year 5.

My favourite experiment was when we tested how much sugar each fruit has in it.  Firstly, you had to mash up your chosen item (sugar, a strawberry and some blueberries) with water, then get a pipette.  You then filled the pipette with the juice that you had just made and squeeze it into a machine.  If you looked through the eyepiece, you could see how much sugar is in your chosen item.  The sugar won, the blueberries came second then the strawberry.  The strawberries tasted sweet partly due to their aroma.  by Lucie, Year 5.

My favourite experiment was when we made oobleck.  Oohbleck is a type of substance, which can be a solid and a liquid.  Firstly, a student from Kingston University explained what oohbleck is then we mixed cornflour and water together.  It was very satisfying and interesting.  I ran it over my hand and it was runny, whereas I pressed my hand onto it and it wasn't runny-it was a solid!  This was my favourite experiment.  Georgia, Year 5.

Year four had a fantastic day out at Kingston university where they combined computing, art and science with their dinosaur topic. The children particularly enjoyed modelling the human digestive system, creating and programming lego dinosaurs and making the huge T-Rex collage which now hangs outside their classroom!

On Tuesday 30th October Byron Class visited the STEM centre at Kingston University.

They had a fantastic morning of science learning that included programming a Lego robot, using a thermal imaging camera, finding conductors for electricity and touching and smelling a snake skin!

The behaviour for learning was exemplary and the children were totally engaged in their science learning.

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