The Big Bang!
Yesterday we braved the adverse weather to attend the Big Bang @ Northants. The Big Bang Near Me is a UK-wide programme led by Engineering UK to bring science and engineering to life for young people.
We had a fantastic time. We had the opportunity to visit a number of exhibits – many of which were hands-on. Between us, we tried out hands at leathercraft, programming, robotics and photography among other things.
We then participated in a workshop; the ‘Mousetrap Balloon Show’. This was an interactive science workshop exploring simple machines, including levers, screws and pulleys. The workshop linked really well with our current science focus on forces. We learned about how gravity and friction have an effect on how machines work. It was also fun as the workshop used balloons and lots of audience participation to demonstrate how the machines worked – we also enjoyed the fact that (unlike school!) we were encouraged to call out. We all had a great time and many of us have been inspired to consider STEM careers. ‘The balloon show was really fun and entertaining, I learnt that anything can be a lever' said Bella. While Finley added, ‘I found out that big machines are made up of lots of little machines.’