The Science Club at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe has been designed to spark inspiration and to foster long-term interest in Science and Technology. The Club gives the opportunity for Year 7 pupils to explore the wonders of science in a stimulating and engaging environment.
Recently, the pupils have taken part in an Egg Drop Eggstravaganza Challenge with the aim of developing the pupils’ understanding of momentum and inertia in motion. The pupils tackled this by constructing a case made out of different materials that would be able to contain an egg and keep it from breaking when dropped off step ladders.
Everyone made their own egg case using soft materials to increase the time of impact, therefore decreasing the force of impact so their egg would not break. Because all the egg cases weighed about the same, the velocity and change in momentum were similar when they exerted an impulse, or force, when hitting the ground.
“The pupils attending the Science Club are curious about science and enjoy the hands-on approach we encourage,” explained Mrs Karen Grix, Learning Manager at Saint Paul’s. “It is a pleasure to spend time with these pupils who are so positive. We have seen improvements in practical skills, self-confidence and thinking skills of those pupils who attend the club.”
Mrs Grix added: “Science is central to our lives and we try hard to make it an interesting and fun subject to learn. At the club, we explore a wide variety of scientific topics making them as entertaining as possible.”
Mr Nick White, Science teacher, said: “The Science Club has been designed to excite the pupils about science and to stretch and challenge their thinking. The pupils are actively involved in the experiments, making it much more fun and relevant to them.”
“The Science Club plays an important role in helping to inspire our young people to be the scientists of tomorrow," commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “It is an effective way of enriching and extending the curriculum taught in the classroom. We have tapped into our pupils’ interests and demonstrated to them the relevance of Science to life outside school.”