It’s been a busy few weeks for the reallysmallscience group! They’ve been here, there and everywhere, as part of their ‘on tour’ project.
After the visit to the Gowdie after school club at the beginning of March, the group have been to the Glasgow Science Centre as part of a water event called ‘making it clear’, visited the children at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital for Earth Hour, went to St. Stephen’s Primary School in Clydebank then took a jaunt over to the East coast for the Edinburgh Science Festival, before finally returning back the Glasgow Science Centre for a weekend of fluorescent, glow in the dark fun.
The ‘making it clear event’ saw school children filtering coloured fizzy juice (which represented dirty water) with charcoal. The group ran experiments with over 220 pupils and teachers over two days.
On the 28th of March the group celebrated Earth Hour with the children at Yorkhill Hospital. Lights were turned off; children were given torches and the group demonstrated glow-in-the-dark science through interactive experiments.
Before the Easter break, St. Stephen’s Primary School in Clydebank were visited by the group who delivered workshops to pupils in primary 2-4 for a range of nano workshops, including nanodirt, nanojelly and nanoglow. The reallysmallscience group previously visited St. Stephen’s back in October 2014 where they visited P5, 6 and 7 classes.
The group were then invited to take part in the Edinburgh International Science Festival, at Summerhall in Edinburgh. The group boarded the train at Glasgow and travelled east for a Saturday science session. Participants booked tickets for hour long workshops which delved into the strange and mysterious world of nano! The nano world workshops contained 5 nano themed activities which each participant could experience. As well as getting hands-on and performing their own nano experiments, participants could write a nano poem or story and draw something nano.
The following weekend, the team, turned off the lights at the Glasgow Science Centre for nanoglow workshops to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015. Families joined in with glow-in-dark activities and pinned their glowing art to our nanoglow wall. The group will be back in the Science Centre on the 27th and 28th of June to run the nanoglow workshop again.
Gowdie Club shrink down to the world of reallysmallscience
The group recently visited the Gowdie Club as part of the ‘reallysmallscience on Tour’ event, which visits local schools and clubs for hands-on science workshops.
The children at the Gowdie club came together after school, from a number of different schools in the West Dunbartonshire area, to take part in a reallysmallscience microscope workshop.
The group took the children on a microscopic journey through the world of really small science, by looking at a selection of everyday objects under the microscope.
Children also took part in drawing activities and a microscope quiz to test their knowledge on the microscopic world!
Joy Leckie, reallysmallscienc group co-ordinator said: “This was our second time visiting the Gowdie Club and the children were as enthusiastic as ever about science, which shows in their artwork and feedback. We had a great time and are looking forward to seeing the competition entries from the children.”
As part of the 'On Tour' event children will have the opportunity to enter a competition to win prizes at a celebration event in June.
Nano movie premier
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Reallysmallscience group go 'on tour'
The reallysmallscience group kicked off their ‘on tour’ project by visiting Antonine Primary School in Bonnybridge, Falkirk last week.
Pupils from primary 6 and 7 got to try out the new ‘nanoglow’ workshop along with old favourites, nanojelly and nanodirt activities. The nanoglow workshop celebrates the International Year of Light 2015 by revealing the science of light and fluorescence.
Joy Leckie, reallysmallscience co-ordinator commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed launching our new workshop at Antonine Primary. The highlight of the day for me was seeing the amazing nanoglow art produced by the primary 7 class and hearing the pupil’s reactions.”
The reallysmallscience team is made up of students and staff from the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Reallysmallscience member Calum Williams said: “This was the first reallysmallscience event that I've volunteered for and it was incredibly fun. The kids were really enthusiastic and interested in what we had to say. They were all excited by the experiments, almost as much as me. I can't wait to get back out and do it again!”
Antonine Primary School was the group’s first stop on their tour of local schools, as part of a Royal Society of Chemistry supported project, which takes place from February to May this year.
Mrs Aitken, teacher and science enthusiast at Antonine Primary School added: “The workshops were really interesting, the children were engaged and keen to find out what/why things were happening. The team were great with the children and answered all questions they were bombarded with. The fact that the children were all talking about it afterwards and telling their class teachers about it shows that it was a valuable learning experience for them.”
Pupils have the opportunity to enter the ‘reallysmallscience on tour’ image competition, in which they will compete with other schools for a place at a celebration and prize-giving event, happening in June this year.
The event, to be held at Strathclyde University, will give pupils a taste of University life as well as awarding prizes for the best competition entries. To top it all off the day will include a pizza lunch for everyone!
To find out more about the ‘on tour’ project or to take part contact us here.
Primary School Lego League
PhD students Carol and Claire Forsyth, and teaching associate Cristina Mio, of the Chemical and Process Engineering Department at Strathclyde, mentored “Jogo Giants”, a team of ten-year-old children taking part in their FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) competition.
The FLL competition was held at the Glasgow Science Centre on the 2nd of December, where the rookie P6 team from St. Joseph’s Primary School in Busby, East Renfrewshire, managed to snatch the Lego Trophy for Best Project. Their project idea was using virtual reality as an innovative tool to learn how to take care of wild life.
The “Jogo Giants” team, made up of 3 girls and 7 boys, worked under the supervision of their teacher, Mrs. Redmond, alongside help and expertise from Claire, Carol and Cristina. The team learned to program the Lego Mindstorm robot in under three months. On the day of the FLL competition they successfully completed 3 robot missions.
FLL is a worldwide robotics programme that encourages children aged 9 to 16 to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, while developing core skills such as critical thinking, communication and presentation, as well as working in teams.
Mrs. Redmond feels that this is just the beginning of the journey for her class. The children will have the opportunity to practise their programming skills further and share with the rest of the class during extra-curricular activities.
Really small scientists win prizes
Following the nano-science workshop in September, primary 3 and 4 pupils from Dunoon Primary school produced posters about nano-jelly. During the workshop, run by the Really Small Science Group, the pupils became ‘really small scientists’ for the day and learned about the world of nano-science. They discovered how everyday items such as jelly and even their own bodies are made up of tiny nano-sized molecules.
Joy Leckie, from the Really Small Science group (University of Strathclyde), judged the posters and awarded prizes for the winning poster from each class. All the pupils received certificates of achievement for taking part in the workshop.
Joy said, “It was such a difficult task to judge the posters, they were all fantastic. I was really impressed by the information and colourful pictures on all of the posters. I hope to visit Dunoon Primary again and do some more nano-science with the pupils.”
Really Small Science popped up at the Glasgow Science Centre this weekend (18th and 19th October) for some microscopic adventures. We looked at lots of everyday objects including fruit and veg as well as glitter and cake sprinkles!
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Really Small Science Explore at Explorathon ‘14
Postgraduate students from the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering took part in the recent Scotland-wide Explorathon 2014 event, celebrating European Researchers’ Night. This is the first time Strathclyde has won funding to take part in European Researchers’ Night, a European Commission initiative started in 2005 to bring together researchers and the public for hands-on activities, exhibits and shows.
The events took place across Scotland on Friday the 26th September, with researchers from across the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow coming together at venues around the city to engage with members of the public. Other activities also took place in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
A group of twelve PhD students from Chemical Engineering, led by Joy Leckie and Mark Haw of the Department’s ReallySmallScience public engagement team, set up a pop-up stall in Soar at Intu Braehead. Just over 250 people took part in hands-on ReallySmallScience nano-activities throughout the day and evening. The out-of-the-ordinary venue of Braehead enabled members of the public to ‘stumble upon’ science and engineering, discovering what Strathclyde researchers are up to, before continuing on their way out to dinner or the cinema.
Dunoon Primary Pupils do Really Small Science
Pupils from Dunoon Primary School discovered the world of nano-science with researchers from the University of Strathclyde.
The ReallySmallScience group, led by Joy Leckie from the Chemical Engineering Department at Strathclyde, demonstrated nano-science to P3 and 4 classes using hands-on experiments.
Each class learned how tiny nano-sized things are and that everyday items such as wobbly jelly naturally contain lots of nano-things.
The pupils got a chance to be scientists for the day, by making their own ‘nanojellies’ and working on posters which will be judged in a few weeks. Certificates will be awarded to all the pupils who took part and prizes for the winning poster from each class.
Joy Leckie, former Dunoon resident said: “It was great to come back to my home town of Dunoon and offer a fun day of science to the pupils. The classes were a joy to work with and I’m looking forward to coming back to see the finished posters.”
Krystyna Duncan, ReallySmallScience member and PhD student from Strathclyde University, helped out on the day. Krystyna said: "It was great fun to go back to primary school for the day and engage with the children to give them a taste of science. Everyone had fun participating in experiments and posters. Hopefully we have inspired some future scientists."
Elaine Stewart, acting Depute Headteacher of Dunoon Primary said: “We had very positive feedback from the staff who really enjoyed themselves as well.”
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