On Wednesday 21st June, Year 5 went to Exeter University for the day. There, we enjoyed the Big Bang Science fair. Mr Harrison, Mrs Lord, Mrs Burrows, Mrs Baynes, Miss Sibbald and Mr Kimber each took a group of children to the various stalls and exhibits that were on display.
The fair was run to help young people learn more about science, engineering, maths and technology. The event started with a fun, interactive show in which the children in Year 5 built their own hovercraft, with balloons; paper aeroplanes, that were rings rather than the usual Concorde design and rockets just using straws, paper and a little bit of sticky tape. They were encouraged to experiment with their designs to see if they could improve them by considering the forces that were acting upon their models. Once the show had finished, we split into our groups and made our way to the other areas of the event. There was so much to enjoy and our day quickly passed. There were combinations of young scientists and engineers demonstrating their work – like a man who let some of the Year 5s ride the motorised skateboard he had invented – and larger organisations like EDF energy and the Fleet Air Arm Museum who we had already visited this year! The children were interested in many of the things to see, such as the virtual reality headsets – one of which required the children to put together a piping system and another, by the army, required them to use a blowtorch to cut through a metal barrier. There were other challenges too, such as building a boat out of tin foil which needed to hold as many pennies as possible – two of our children made it onto the leaderboard!
Warren said, “I learnt about the computer that showed the signals you get from space. They told me that they didn’t even need to send a satellite because they did it all from Earth. It was really cool!” Everyone really enjoyed the trip – including the teachers – and we all learnt a lot about the latest science and technology!