Lyme students learn the appliance of science

Year 8 stuidents waiting to enter the astrological dome

Year 8 stuidents waiting to enter the astrological dome - Credit: Archant

Woodroffe School celebrates national science week with experiments and demonstrations

Students at The Woodroffe School celebrated National Science Week with a variety of activities, experiments and demonstrations.

On day one, Year 8 spent a lesson inside the astrological dome – a large portable planetarium - learning about the solar system, its planets, how it was formed and the future of the earth.

Even though the students couldn’t agree on which bit was the best, they all agreed that the experience was ‘out of this world’. Isabel said: “I really enjoyed learning about all the planets. I didn’t realise how big the solar system was.”

Ethan said: “The constellations were really interesting.”

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Louis said: “I thought the whole lesson inside the planetarium was very good. I especially liked the Greek symbols and the accompanying stories.”

Kitty said: “I really liked the night sky projection. Although I did feel a bit dizzy when they spun it around three months in a matter of seconds.”

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The students’ comments about the rat dissection the next day were less complimentary, however.

One commented “Although that session was great, it did smell!”

The birds of prey returned to school for a lunchtime session and was once again a big hit with the students. As was Kath Hamshere’s ‘Cool Science’ – lunchtime of tricks and experiments involving dry ice.

Each session throughout the week was attended by a record number of students. Simon Ransome-Williams, Head of Science, and his team are already planning next year’s event and everyone eagerly await the delights and scientific wonders it will bring.

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