After our successful completion and award of 'Silver PSQM' we wanted to continue to develop Science learning within our school with the help of our pupils through 'Science Ambassadors'. The Science Ambassador role was introduced within an assembly and then children wrote speeches as to why they would like the role, these were then delivered to their own class. The children within each class then voted for two Science Ambassadors.
Meet the Science Ambassadors 2017-18...
For our initial meeting together we our investigative skills to work together in pairs or threes to resuce a jelly worm from top of a raft and get him to safety putting him back inside the raft with a rubber (jelly) ring on. This may sound easy, however we couldn't use our fingers and only had a paper clip to touch the equipment with....team work was the only answer!
Observing over time
As part of CPD for the children they are focusing on the different types of scientific enquiry. The first type we looked at was observing over time. The children were presented with some items and had to decide what we were going to investigate. The Science Ambassadors decided to investigate different types of solutions to see if they changed the mass of a gummy minion. The Ambassadors came back each day to check the minion and to measure it. We were all surprised to see the how much the mass changed with all the solutions except for salt water.
Identifying and Classifying
The Science Ambassadors were given the task of creating a classification key to sort and identify 6 liquorice allsorts. The Ambassadors found this really tricky to think of the different criteria for sorting where the answer could only be yes or no. They finally produced a poster within their small groups and then the other groups tested the key to see if it worked. Some groups realised that their keys didn't work and had to edit to ensure it worked.
Meet the Science Ambassadors 2016-17...
For our first meeting the Ambassadors completed a team building STEM challenge to build a tower of cups without touching them with their hands. They were split into 2 teams and given 2 straws each, a small piece of string, an elastic band and 2 cotton wool balls. The teams worked well together and in the end it was a draw. We then discussed the science learning and how this linked with working scientifically.
Preparing for Science Week
In the next few meetings we focused on British Science Week and the theme of 'Change'. We discussed what change was and the areas in science the theme covered. We completed a mini experiment on the theme and filmed it to show during our assembly.
Before the assembly, each class chose an area to focus upon and made a slideshow ready for our introduction to British Science Week. The Ambassadors delivered the assembly on March 10th (the start of British Science Week).
Judging the poster competition
On Thursday 16th March we looked at the posters created by children at home for the British Science Week national competition. We could only chose 10 to be sent off as part of the national competition. It was a difficult decision but well done to those that entered.
End of British Science Week assembly
At the end of Science Week our Science Ambassadors awarded the poster winners with a gift bag of science experiments for the winners to complete at home. Well done to the winners and for all who took part.
Taking Science outside
During the Summer term the 'Science Ambassadors' are now taking science learning outdoors during Wednesday dinnertimes. To begin with we had a meeting to discuss the types of science learning we wanted to take outside. The Ambassadors suggested ideas and we came up with a rota where each class had a slot to access the science equipment with a group of Ambassadors to lead the activity.