Perse Prep pupils inspired to be curious during Science Week
10 Jun 2019
Einstein claimed ‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious’ and it is this quality that children were encouraged to pursue during Science Week at The Perse Prep.
The science behind medicine was one of the principal themes of Science Week, as 23 professional experts shared their knowledge and passion with our pupils.
Mr Alexander used art, games and optical illusions to illustrate his fascinating talk about eyes and vision. Dr Cox and Dr Balmus gave an interesting insight into neurology and Dr Sharma introduced the children to neuroscience. Dr Schramm talked about the human body and taught children to measure their blood pressure and oxygen levels.
Professor Chappell and Dr Cooke gave an informative talk about labour and birth during which children enjoyed a carousel of activities, including blood pressure monitoring, suturing and estimating blood loss. Dr Gohel delivered a fascinating talk about blood and used an ultrasound machine to show images of blood movement.
From cell communication (Dr Kaneider), to orthopaedics (Mr Latimer), transmission of infection (Dr Cooke) and how DNA codes proteins (Dr Cutts), the talks opened up a new world for the Prep children and challenged them to engage with topical issues about medicine.
The link between science and the arts was demonstrated through drama and drawing. Year 5 children devised and performed three plays in a day inspired by the theme of science and discovery. Cambridge University Botanic Garden provided an idyllic setting for each year group to create scientific drawings of the fabulous variety of plants. Professor Glover explained the science behind plants and bees and children learned how to extract DNA from strawberries with Dr Schmitt and Dr Campos. Dr Ryten also taught children to extract DNA from their saliva and Fluid Analytics gave a fascinating insight into the DNA helix.
Mr Tadepalli inspired Year 4 children to think about computers past, present and future during a fascinating talk about processors. A computer science lesson was also a fabulous highlight of the Year 5 trip to the Upper during which the children employed their new knowledge of binary to work out a colour-coded pattern that eventually turned into a parrot.
Year 6 enjoyed a morning of science at the Upper where they learned about the physics behind theatre lighting, DNA extraction and testing for substances such as sugar, protein and starch in a desert island survival activity. The Life Bus taught children valuable lessons about making healthy lifestyle choices.
The abiding allure of the animal kingdom inspired Year 3 to explore Shepreth Wildlife Park where they had exciting encounters with a variety of creatures. Year 3 also enjoyed exploring the science behind creating a dinosaur theme park with Mrs Hema and had a fabulous day experimenting with dinosaur-related activities.
During various exploration and engineering activities, children were spellbound by Mr Macdonald’s fascinating talk about the science and engineering behind the mission to send humans to Mars. Mr Hunter enthralled children with his talk about satellites and his work at the European Space Agency. Mr Jefferson taught children about aviation and aerodynamics and Mr Goodricke explained the engineering behind sewage treatment. Dr George inspired budding explorers with her passion for Antarctica and the importance of studying the continent.
Children’s author Katherine Rundell says that ‘every human on earth is an explorer’. Prep Science Week affirmed this notion and has inspired the children to keep exploring and asking questions for years to come.