Friday, 3 November 2017

Electricity workshop

We did an electricity workshop today to explore the fantastic electric circuit equipment in the school.  I put together 7 problems using bulbs, batteries, switches and buzzers to allow the participants to work out how to put together some basic circuits for particular applications.
We did:
Series circuits,
Parallel circuits,
Master switches,
Alarm circuits
and a Morse code transmitter.

Then we looked at some measuring activities using a houshold multimeter.
We investigated:
Conductivity of liquids,
How number of batteries affects the current,
and How number of bulbs affects the current.

We also had a very little look at electromagnets!

Here are some photos:

And here are links to the experiments that we did today:

Link to a pdf version of the problems: Electricity problems

Link to the pdf version of the individual handouts: Handouts for solving the problems

It was really fun and I hope that I gave you some ideas about how to use these great resources.  Thanks for coming.


Measuring reflexes with sexto (by Elena)

Elena tried out the reflexes activity with her sexto class.  It is a really simple way to get the students thinking about how different parts of our bodies communicate and why these communications are not instantanious.  All you need is 30 cm rulers.
Usually this activity involves a lot of cheating (especially from competitive boys), but it is fun and it does not really matter.  Get the students to think about doing a "fair test" and sources of error (lots!).  The main focus of the activity is on data collection using a tally chart to measure frequency.  They you can get them to plot a bar chart - if they do it properly you will get a bell curve, but they probably won't which is ok.
All data collection and graph drawing us useful to prepare them for secondary school.

Link to instructions and worksheet: Reflexes Activity

Making kefir yogurt

Teach kids about yeast and fermentation with food!!!!!!

Kefir is an easier dairy fermentation science experiment to do. It is a traditional fermented food made from milk, full of beneficial probiotic bacteria and yeast. It's similar to yogurt.

Try more dairy fermentation science at home with a yogurt recipe:

Yogurt is also fermented milk, but is made differently. And, there are different types of yogurt, such as greek yogurt.

Here is an article that explains this more thoroughly: