This is one of our most popular workshops that, as well as directly addressing the NC science objectives for Y3 and Y5 (Forces, Earth and Space), is such a wow experience that it is also booked by schools for across KS2 for science weeks.
The basic workshop involves pupils learning about steam power with our model Stephenson's Rocket; thrust, gravity and drag with our paper rockets, and friction and downforce with our paper rocket cars.
Y3 teachers please note that apart from passing references it doesn't cover magnets as we find that this is a limited topic that is easily covered by many teachers already in class. Instead, the aim of the workshop is to fill in the rest of the forces topic that may not be so easy to cover.
ACTIVITIES IN THE FULL DAY VERSION OF THIS WORKSHOP:
(This can be for one class, several classes in turn, or choose one activity as part of a multi science day with other classes)
THIS SCIENCE WORKSHOP
AT A GLANCE
A full day or a single 1 hr session
as part of a multi science day.
For these year groups as per the 2014 National Curriculum:
All KS2 but Y3, Y5 have specific objectives related to forces or Earth and Space.
NC objectives covered:
Any forces such as gravity, thrust, friction and drag, apart from magnets.
1. STEPHENSON'S ROCKET
2. ROCKET CARS
3. PAPER ROCKETS
We then move further forward in time to the space race, where pupils make similar rockets to those used on the cars, but instead add fins of varying sizes to them to try to overcome the forces of gravity and air resistance. They then launch them in the air with a remote-controlled launcher, learning all about thrust.
This is by far our most popular activity as it is suitable for any KS2 year group and is a real wow experience, even as part of a one-off science day or week.
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This workshop came about as a result of many schools choosing the three inventions to combine together in a single forces day and the benefits of this are clear. Not only does the workshop cover three different forces, but it also delivers the topic in a fun and exciting way but the pupils can relate to.
If you have any questions about this workshop or if you would like to make a booking please enquire now.
Beginning with the incredible Stephenson's rocket from 1829, pupils learn about the rise of steam power and discover how steam pistons work with the story of the Rainhill trials.
Focusing on steam pressure, atmospheric air pressure and friction, this unique activity allows pupils to power our working model of 'Rocket' around a 25 foot track in a time and race against their classmates.
We then move forward 70 years to the invention of the motor car by Karl Benz in 1895. Pupils learn about the forces of friction and drag in this activity by creating and designing a rocket powered car to run on a set track against their classmates,
By altering its design and adding wings to create downforce and add better grip as per Formula One cars pupils are challenged into assessing the various design and weight options to get the best performance from their vehicle.