Mr Hepper, our new Science Lead, was looking for ways to inspire our children and build their interest in science and he was delighted to find the perfect solution. He approached journalist, writer, philanthropist and educator Lucy Hawking to come into school, bringing her energy and enthusiasm in presentations on ‘Unlocking the Universe’. Many of our children were already familiar with the books she has co-authored with her illustrious father, Stephen Hawking, in which they create brilliant stories to explain complex science. In a truly magical way she got the children thinking about the different ways we can travel across the universe: physically, by listening with giant radio dishes and by seeing – through analysing different light that reaches us here on earth. She finished by discussing how we can also travel by using our imagination, as her father did. Teachers and pupils alike were enthralled by how she bought science to life and outer space closer to home. Thank you, Lucy, for a fabulous Science Day.
The workshops were followed up with some great activities planned by Mr Hepper, involving building bottle rockets to test aerodynamics in rocket design, launching egg parachutes to test how one might land on the moon safely and dramatic glow-in-the-dark artwork to explore the properties of light.Categories: Academics