Seven workshops in two days – Xperimania Science Ambassadors in Birmingham, UK
Altogether 150 students took part in the Xperimania chemistry and physics workshops during the Science Ambassadors’ visit to Birmingham, UK, on 29-30 March 2010. Despite the typical English rainy weather, the mood in the classrooms was full of excitement and enthusiasm.
In the third stop of their tour, the Xperimania Ambassadors had the pleasure of conducting seven workshops in three schools: Highters Heath Community School, Bartley Green School and St. Francis Primary School. The respective teachers, Hazel Colgan, Khatma Bibi and Clementine Epps, who had made the applications for the Xperimania Science Ambassadors visits for the three schools, welcomed the ambassadors to their two-day stay in Birmingham.
This time the age of the students varied a lot: five of the workshops were held in primary schools with students aged 9-11 and two workshops in a secondary school with students aged 14-16. This made the experience very interesting for the ambassadors, as they had to adapt the workshops to the different age groups.
At the beginning of the workshops, students had mixed opinions about science. The younger the students, the more they associated chemistry with explosions. Students connected science with playing with liquids, substances and test tubes. When they were asked about jobs related to chemistry, they mentioned factories, mines, oil rigs, car engineering and laboratories.
During the workshops the students learned that science is everywhere. Chemistry and physics help to explain the way the world works: why different materials react differently and how everything around us interacts. With the older students the ambassadors went a step further by showing how to extend the exercises into more practical experiments involving numerical data.
Read more and see the pictures from the workshops: