On the eight of April was the one year anniversary of Lab_13 Ghana since its inception on 8th April, 2015. On this day the project was launched at Agape Academy, Jachie and has since gone through series of phases – From the pilot phase to an interim phase and now phase II. The project has also moved from having just one lab to having two now – the second lab being hosted by Solid Hope School, Feyiase.
During this past year, there has been a lot of activities. In this blog is a recap of what members of the student management committee of Agape Academy, who have been members since the interim phase – September, 2015 to present – have to share concerning their experiences on the journey so far, and some of the activities and how they conducted them.
Interim Phase At A Glance
The interim phase of Lab_13 Ghana was full of exciting activities which consisted of two Activities of the Week, two Saturday Clubs and a ‘Superbulous Fast Quiz Competition’.
The first activity of the week was on the topic “sinkers and floaters” organised by Brenda. It was fun and educative. The next activity of the week was organised by Grace and the topic was “Rectilinear Propagation of Light” which was also interesting. It gave us the opportunity to observe that light travels in a straight line.
The SiRs organised two Saturday Clubs. The first, was on Water Filters. Among the schools that participated, a group of students from Benny Educational Complex won the task of the day. The task was to filter water that contained sand, dirt and food colour.
The second Saturday Club was on the use of Arduino Uno boards where we had the opportunity to code with the laptop and programme LEDs to blink and buzzers to buzz.
The SMC’s organised the Superbulous Fast Quiz which involved seven schools at the initial stages. The competition was on “ how to reduce carbon dioxide emission from the exhaust of a car”. This environmentally friendly task brought up many interesting views with four schools qualifying for the finals. Agape Academy came up tops with a very good presentation, demonstration and a proposed car engine to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the exhaust of cars.
Going forward into phase two, we are excited about the opening of lab_13 at Solid Hope Academy and we are looking forward to interacting with the new SMC’s from there. We hope to come up with new and exciting projects that would be educative and fun.
In summary, Lab_13 Ghana has given us the opportunity to learn and practice science the more. Lab_13 Ghana has made science interesting for all of us.
Thank You SiRs and Lab_13 Ghana.
Dennis and Edward
Members of the SMC
Activity of the Week
As part of enhancing the engagement with the host school – Agape Academy, members of the SMC performed scientific demonstrations in the presence of their colleague students, at their weekly Friday general assembly meetings. This initiative has enormous opportunities of creating the platform for interaction between the lab and the entire school, thus bringing the lab to the people, and could go a long way of associating the lab to the needs of the people; and getting useful feedback.
On weekly bases, we will bring to you, scientific experiments performed by members of the SMC respectively as and when they are done. Today, we begin with…
Hello, I’m Brenda Serwaa Tabi. For the next twenty to thirty minutes, I will be taking you through an experiment I conducted at my school, Agape Academy. Personally, I really had much fun conducting the experiment although I was tensed up some few minutes before the beginning of the activities.
The title of the experiment was ‘Sinkers and Floaters’. This activity uses the idea of Density. The apparatuses I used included:
Aluminium foil (ball shaped), Aluminium foil (folded tightly in a square shape), water basin, water, Piece of paper, Balloon (water filled), Balloon (Flour filled), Balloon (air filled), Balloon (empty), Paper clip, Nail, Pen cover, empty match box and two soda drink covers (metal ones).
To start, I placed the water basin on a working bench and I filled it to about ¾ with water. Then I placed each collectible into the water gently and waited for one minute to observe before removing it for the next item. I repeated this until all have had contact with the water. But before I did that, I made my audience predict whether the material I am about dropping will either float, sink or behave otherwise. This I did to the admiration of all especially when the materials that they thought will sink rather floated and vice versa.
It was observed that, as some materials sunk and others floated, a few neither sunk nor floated. They somehow suspended in the water. This was the basis for a lengthy discussion with many suggestions and contributions on questions such as
what is responsible for the materials to behave the way they do when in water? Also, how can you cause the materials to change their behaviour in water?
Readers, you can try this activity to find answers to the questions. Thank you.