In The Classroom

Year 10 activities based around the How Science Works series Students at King Edward VII School in Sheffield try out some of the activities connected to the How Science Works programmes. Year 10 students work out the best lubricant for a ski, having watched Peter Styring developing a self-lubricating ski in the programme ‘Engineering Gold’. The key to this activity is to introduce it in an open ended way and let the students think for themselves, so they develop their own ideas and come up with their own questions and answers.

Other Year 10 pupils watch the programme ‘Chasing the Wind’, which shows rocket scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin’s efforts to build an instrument to measure wind patterns from space. The students are assigned roles and have to present an argument for or against the idea that human activity is damaging the Earth’s climate. Only after their presentations can they step out of role to discuss their personal view.

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