As the nation returns to school and we look forward to face-to-face teaching and learning, British Science Week aligns perfectly. We would like to celebrate with you by sharing our top activities to run with your students! Put together by Timstar’s Technical advisor Chris Pambou to help you embrace this fantastic Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths event.
“As we all prepare for returning to school next week, I have chosen a variety of well-loved activities to help you celebrate British Science Week in your science lessons”
Outdoor Activity 1
Data Logging Outdoors
During the first week back of face-to-face teaching why not take students outside, the weather is warmer and social distancing becomes much easier.
Simply grab a bunch of sensors and head outside…
Educational benefits of data logging
Our anecdotal evidence suggests that data logging increases student engagement and contributes to enabling students to take their science work more seriously. Also encouraging them to become more aware of the need to take accurate measurements when working on investigations. Another benefit is that their understanding of graphs and reporting data and their findings improve quickly when seeing ‘science’ in real-time.
‘Using this equipment helps to bring science alive and develops student’s confidence with using technology that is different from what they usually encounter in class.’
Why Choose the Timstar Data logging Click to view our full range of data loggers
- 7 different ways of logging data including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Radio Frequency and USB interface
- User-friendly – simple to set up and use (Set up speed of 20 Seconds!)
- Sensors click together, with no exposed connections
- Wide range of sensors available to meet all your data logging needs – inside and outside the classroom
- FREE intuitive software and App, compatible with Windows, Mac and Smartphone platforms
- Zoom in on fundamental elements of a material, technique, or process
Outdoor Activity 2
Observe birds in a bid to discover more about the wildlife in your local area. Suitable as a classroom or extended homework activity. Set a time limit and set about measuring the number of bird species in your area.
Download our useful activity sheet or purchase Timstar’s field binoculars and clipboard.
My Classic demo choice
Turning ‘red wine’ into water
This demonstration is a great way to engage students and includes many chemical reactions, each of which are important in Chemistry theory.
In this experiment, students observe as a solution of acidified potassium permanganate(VII) (‘red wine’) is poured into a set of glasses containing small amounts of different colourless solutions – made up from barium chloride, sodium thiosulfate, sodium carbonate and sulfuric acid. Barely visible from a distance, these colourless solutions react with the potassium permanganate (VII) to create the illusion of red wine turning into milk, raspberry milkshake and fizzy lemonade.
Concepts to discuss:
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My class activity choice – challenge!
Make a rainbow display
1. Choose two dilute solutions from your bench: one acid and one alkali.
2. Using only these two solutions, some universal indicator and distilled water, make a rainbow display of at least seven test tubes with different colour solutions.
a. How did you decide how to make your rainbow? For example, did you use trial and error, or did you follow a plan?
References and further work
This practical could be carried out as a competition, with a prize for the students who make the best rainbow.
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