Science lessons at Laleham Gap School are often related to real-life uses, involve hands-on investigation and are good fun. Last week (Friday March 1st) saw this taken to the next level when the school took 11 of their pupils, from Year 8, 9 and 10, to the Discovery Park Sandwich for the ‘Big Bang’ Science event. After a full moring there the pupils had witnessed big bangs, seen how a super chilled banana (-198 degrees centigrade) reacts, had a chance to see how robots of the future might be powered by our thoughts and even built a da Vinci bridge.

Paul Ursell, the Laleham Gap teacher who took the children said:

“The motto of Laleham Gap School is Learn, Grow, Suceed and that is exactly what happened at this event. Science is at its best when the pupils are fully involved and when it is related to real-life uses. That is why our pupils achieved so much from the day.”

Laleham Gap pupils joined hundreds of others from all over Kent in attending the highly successful show at the event and participating in the stalls run by enthusiastic STEM ambassadors. At the stalls the Laleham Gap pupils learnt in a very practical way how long different materials take to degrade and learnt about anti-bodies through balloon modelling! As well as finding out the different exciting careers learning Sciecne can lead to they also learnt first-hand from the Armed Forces how they use Science in their work.

Whilst attending the show and with safety equipment on Laleham Gap pupils got to learn about states of matter using liquid nitrogen, having their faces put in a cloud and even smashing super cooled rubber tubing into pieces with a hammer!

“Of course it was great to see my pupils smiling, joining in and just having fun”

said Paul Ursell,

“but just as pleasing was listening to their questions and discussing their thoughts with them as they grappled with various scientific conundrums.”

With Laleham Gap Science Department already busy preparing for it’s own Science show there will now be great expectations for Science in the school. The bar remains set at very high. Watch this space for more exciting science from Laleham Gap as pupils Learn, Grow and Suceed.

Thanks to Laleham Gap for this amazing article! It looks like you all had a great time at the Discovery Park learning all about science.

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