Eureka Science Workshop and Fair - Kimpton Primary School

Partner: Kimpton Primary School, Kimpton, Hitchin
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

The workshop is themed according to the National Curriculum and allows visiting pupils to conduct simple experiments and investigations.  They can choose which workshop to attend, to fit in with their curriculum timetable.  Currently we provide the following workshops: Electricity, Friction, Sound and Change of State.

The Fair - each visiting school is given a project to complete over 3-4 months; the final projects will be displayed at Princess Helena College during a science fair.  Princess Helena College will provide a science professional who will judge each project and announce a winner.

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 schow children the fundamentals of 'how science works' and how it plays a crucial part in our everyday lives.  The project has been running for four years.

Resources

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 find and store this equipment and the equipment loan 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 period and usually last two hours.

The financial contribution from the school includes: transport to and from each school and science resources.

Pupil involvement

Aged 8 - 10

Boys and girls

Three independent schools are also involved. Princess Helena College girls attend the science fair to encourage the younger pupils.

Frequency and duration

The visits to school to assess their facilities start in September.

The Eureka workshop 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.