Youngsters seize the chance to spend day as scientists in roving lab

Caroline Morgan was one of the teachers from Portsmouth College who designed the concept of 'Lab on Tour'  which was at Milton Park Primary Picture by:  Malcolm Wells (150319B-3951)
Caroline Morgan was one of the teachers from Portsmouth College who designed the concept of 'Lab on Tour' which was at Milton Park Primary Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150319B-3951)
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National Science Week arrived at Milton Park School with a bang, thanks to the visit of Portsmouth College’s Lab on Tour, writes science teacher from the college Caroline Morgan.

Devised by myself and supported by a team of willing college students, the lab allowed pupils to engage in a series of exciting science challenges in their own school environment.

Following a successful trial with Year R pupils at the school in 2014, this year’s event was much bigger, enabling all students across the entire school range of Year R to Year 6 to be fully involved.

The reason behind the growth of the event this year is because instead of just covering Year R, I thought we should take up the challenge of delivering the event to the whole school in one day as I didn’t want any of the children to miss out.

The event included 11 themed stations including rockets blasting at a space station, magic fire bubbles and lots of fun making slime.

Students from the college acted as lab assistants for the day, and their enthusiasm and passion for science rubbed off on the pupils, who all left with a memento of the day that they had made, in the shape of bath bombs, slime balls and cress heads.

The event was supported by the Mary Rose Museum, which provided its own ‘tipping ship’ station that tested the pupils’ ability to balance a boat.

Over the course of the day, some 450 pupils took the opportunity to see a whole different angle on science.

Parents had the chance to get involved, with many attending a devoted session at the end of the day to engage them and equip them with ideas to provide science-based fun activities at home.

Throughout the day the smiles on the pupils’ faces reflected what a great time they were having while learning all about science.

There was a lot of hard work that went into the whole school event, and it was fantastic to see the Milton Park pupils engage in the activities thanks to the efforts of our college students, who all did a great job inspiring them throughout the day.

Rolling this out to all year groups and the parents was key to driving home the importance of science learning and also how much fun it can be.

Hopefully we have sown some seeds of inspiration for the next generation of scientists.

I am really proud of the college students who gave so much energy to the event.