Update from Scientist in Residence Betti Copperwood about what Lab_13 Nethergate has been investigating in the summer term:
At Lab_13 Nethergate we have been exploring inclined planes and movement. We introduced inclined planes using cylinders and guttering from which the students created their own slope and connected this to a row of dominoes. We rolled the balls and tried to knock down all the dominoes. One team developed a complex system of two branches of dominoes leading to a ping pong ball balanced on a block of wood. The ball knocked down the dominoes and on reaching the block of wood this tipped over and the ping pong ball fell into a cup. Very exciting!
We also used the subject of spheres to make giant bubbles using our own homemade bubble solution. We created dome bubbles on table tops and inserted our hands and blew bubbles inside bubbles! This required lot of skills: blowing slowly and continuously, holding the blowing straws at the correct angle, wetting the table and much more! The pupils had to learn the right sequence of method and have lots of patience. The students demonstrated great determination and practiced and practiced until they got it right.