St Giles held a Science Enrichment day that was literally out of this world ! The Space Race.
In addition to teaching the National Curriculum St Giles School offers Enrichment Days every half term which aim to develop children's life skills and broaden horizons. Simon Edwards, A STEM Ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering. Mathematics) joined the children for the whole day and the topic was the Space Race.
Simon explained about the Space Race between the Soviet Union, USA, China and Europe and the timeline of Space Exploration, Space Programmes, the first man in Space, the Moon Landings and Space Stations!
Here Simon, with his son Teddy, demonstrates how satellites orbit the Earth.
While over in the Infants you could find Constellations and the entire Solar System. Lila from Year 2 said, "We were pumping rockets with water and put lots of air in, they zoomed up. It was awesome!"
We had three walking Solar systems, Lila, Mrs Angrave and Micheal.
Mr Edwards also made an amazing discovery in the name of Science - you can use Lemonade instead of Coke when making a Mentos rocket. And apparently Diet fizzy drinks also work very well if not better! In the name of science here are the results of these finding.
Here are the Juniors testing out their Water Bottle Rockets
The Infants started to ask questions and wondered what would happen if you put less water in the bottle? Here are their findings.
A great time was had by all!