Being Scientific with Slugs!

On a very miserable and rainy day, (yesterday) Chloe asked Carole a question. Her question was: How long would it take a slug to reach one mile? So early in the day, Carole took her and some other kids out to do some investigating. It was a very cold and a bit foggy, but they still went slug hunting! They explored the wild life garden and peered under rocks and logs, but they found no slugs, only thousands (I am only exaggerating for dramatic effect) of slimy snails under damp logs. They hurried to the fab lab with the snails and went to investigate inside because of the freezing weather. They timed the snail with a stopwatch until it reached the end of a metre stick.

The snail travelling along the metre stick.

The snail travelling along the metre stick.

It took 12 minutes and 36 seconds. That was impressive for a snail to reach the end of a metre stick. They then did some amazing maths to work out how long it would have taken for the snail to travel 1 mile. Here are their calculations:

The children's calculations

The children’s calculations

Written by Aisha, Y5

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Lab_13 is a space in a school managed by pupils for pupils to conduct their own research and experiments driven by their curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm, and under the watchful supervision of a Scientist in Residence (not a teacher!!).
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2 Responses to Being Scientific with Slugs!

  1. Fantastic! But how did you keep the snail moving in a straight line?

  2. Pingback: What's the Private Sector ever done for us? | Letter from the UK | Claire Bolderson

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