Irchester Dad’s Club

Hello! This is Emily B. writing about the Dad’s in the Lab project at Lab_13 Irchester.

Each Friday of each week of this term a group named Dads in the Lab (consisting of children and their dads) meets in the Lab and has some fun with science together. Until October the Dads will be creating some science sculptures.


Before 1st meeting:

An interview with Miss Hogan:  

Who do you think will benefit from the club?   It’s a great opportunity for the dads to work with their children on exiting projects for our science.

What gave you the inspiration to start the club?   We did a survey on parents evening and most of the dads said they would come if there was a club.

On the day

On the day we found out our budget we got from the school. We get the amount of £100. Not a lot but we had lots of ideas. After that we got down to business. Image

Here are the ideas we got in order.

1) Newton’s cradle (which is basically a big frame with about 5 metal balls hanging down. When you pull one back at one end it sends a sort of vibration through the balls and makes the last one bounce out and then it happens backwards.)

2) Weather station

3) Weather Vane

4) Something hung on the ceiling in the hallway to the ks2 hall

5) A greenhouse made of bottles 

6) a timeline of earth

7) whisper dishes

8) speed camera in the hallways

9) geodesic dome (a dome made of triangles).

As you can see they are a very enthusiastic bunch of Dads! We debated and deliberated and the final result was… the timeline of earth and… the greenhouse made of bottles! These have to be completed by October halfterm. We have already started collecting bottles but we need thousands!

Image              I’ll be back next time with more news from Dads in the Lab!

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2 Responses to Irchester Dad’s Club

  1. David Bailey says:

    A geological timeline is a great idea. We have a large outdoor walk through time at the BGS office near Nottingham – you’re welcome to visit if you’d like a day out to get some ideas (

  2. Joe says:

    Great idea with the greenhouse i think and the timeline of earth would be very interesting. I went down to Weymouth in the Summer Holidays and apparently there are loads of fosils that can be found due to it’s ‘Jurassic Coast Line’. I have a leaflet that i’ll bring in next Tuesday (If i find it!)


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