Aims of the project
To offer science facilities to schools who usually would not have the opportunity to use the apparatus. The success of the project relies on identifying each schools science needs and supplying them whilst providing an enjoyable learning environment. During the fair, the success depends upon providing a judge with the good scientific knowldge to give exposure to the event and share ideas with the visitors. To involve the wider community, we invite other visitors that do not attend the schools taking part to see the benefits of science in today's society; the press also attends.
Background and goals
The project came about after visiting numerous schools who had little to no science facilities. Our science teachers wanted to show children the fundamentals of 'how science works' and how it plays a crucial part in our everyday lives. The project has now been running three years.
Transport to and from Princess Helena College
The ability for all schools to borrow scientific equipment that enables them to continue the practical work when they are back at school. We have put together these sets as we understand it can be difficult for primary schools to fund and store this equipment and the equipment loan service scheme can help overcome these issues.
The project involves three members of our teaching staff - a science teacher and two science technicians. The sessions take place during their free lesson periods and usually last two hours.
The financial contribution to the school includes: Transport to and from each school and science resources.
Aged 8 - 10
Boys and girls
Three independent schools are also involved. Girls from Princess Helena College attend the science fair to encourage the younger pupils
Frequency and duration
The visits to schools to assess their facilities starts in September
The Eureka workshops sessions last approximately two hours, with sessions spreading from October to April.
The Eureka fair lasts for approximately 3 hours on a single afternoon in April.
The Eureka project usually takes place each year.