A group of Year 7 pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe have been enjoying the school’s Science Club where they have been bringing science to life in a number of exciting projects.
These projects have involved making rockets, producing balloon hovercrafts, creating invisible ink Christmas cards and making and testing fire extinguishers.
”The Club offers pupils the chance to do science-related activities that extend and enhance the science they experience in the classroom,” explained Mrs Amanda Potter, Science teacher at Saint Paul’s. “We found that the children were very enthusiastic to become members and it has improved motivation and had a positive impact on attitudes. The Club has inspired our pupils, they have had some exciting hands-on experiences and it has brought Science to life for them with some real-life products with which they have been able to relate.”
Mrs Potter added “Through the Science club we have been able to get the pupils involved in some fun activities which have demonstrated the enjoyment and magic of Science. The pupils have been curious to learn more and try out some of the techniques themselves. We have been able to demonstrate that Science is much more than just an academic subject. We have tapped into our pupils’ interests and demonstrated to them the relevance of Science to life outside school.”
“The Science Club has been a fantastic initiative which celebrates the fun and enjoyment of Science,” commented Mr Wiktor Daron, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The key to its success has been in choosing activities that are stimulating and exciting. The hands-on activities are brilliant and the highly visual demonstrations capture attention and spark interest. It has made Science more visible, more interesting and more attractive to pupils in the school.”
“In addition, the Club has formed an important avenue to show the vital role which science plays in our individual lives; it teachs the pupils that science is all around them and it’s happening all the time,” added Mr Daron.