Get excited for the Great Science Share!
This year’s Great Science Share falls on 18th June and we've got a raft of activities to help you make the most of it!
18th June marks the 2018 Great Science Share – a national campaign to inspire children to share science with new audiences. It’s all about celebrating the scientific and creative process of working scientifically, which we at Explorify are passionate about supporting.
To help you make the most of the Great Science Share we’ve put together a selection of activities for you to do in the week leading up to the big day! Together, you’ll learn all about boats and buoyancy, culminating in a fun practical activity focused on team-building that is perfect for sharing.
Do as many or as few of the activities in the lead up to the Great Science Share as you can fit in – even if you manage just a few you’ll get a great introduction to all things Explorify!
Fun floating: A great start to this boat themed week! Get children thinking about different types of boats and what makes a boat, a boat! They could start thinking about different designs that will help them when they build their own boats.
Grey and Black: This Odd one Out will encourage children to think about animals that live in water and how they travel. Can we learn anything from the parts of a fish that would help in our design?
River crossing: There are many ways to cross water without getting wet! Use this activity to help children recognise other inventions that enable us to cross water.
Sturdy Pads: We need to carefully engineer our boats so they can float when carrying cargo. Check out this plant that can float while supporting a significant load!
Dancing raisins: Boats are designed to travel across water horizontally. In this very simple experiment you can see how objects can travel vertically in water!
Funky junky boats: The grand finale! Let children link what they already know about the world, and what they’ve learnt this week, to engineer their very own boat. The previous activities will have really got their brains buzzing!
So, now all you have to do is think of an audience to share with…
Using these activities for the Great Science Share is a fantastic introduction to the benefits of Explorify. Come September you will have a great resource up your sleeve! Changing year groups? Not to worry, Explorify is designed to support science teaching and learning throughout Key Stage 1 and 2.
Still got questions about the Great Science Share? Sign-up to the event on Eventbright to find out more. Explore the handy resources on the Great Science Share for Schools website, or read the ABC of running a great event.
Watch this video from Maddie Moate with your class before your next activity!