Gillespie news: Science Spectacular!

Dear readers,


It took lots of time to prepare and set up

We had the best ever Science Spectacular in the history of Gillespie! The audience was treated to lots of different surprises and even prizes.


Children’s artwork from our Art of Physics project was on display

The amazing artist Kate was first up presenting in our Science Spectacular. She demonstrated how to create blue dye from woad, a stinky green plant which magically forms into an indigo blue. These plants were planted over the summer by children in the garden and harvested by green team. It was very entertaining. The wool and fabric that she dyes will be used for our Garden Dyes project to make scientific art. Following on from Kate we had Andrea, who showed us the science behind all this magic. He is Serafino in Y5’s dad, and he is a chemist at UCL.


Kate Poland with the fabric and wool that she dyed using the woad that we grew!

Next up we had the amazing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) club.Picture9 As our theme was Back to the Future, we had robots produced and presented by many different aged children. Picture11

Our next guest speaker was Mark Miodownik, who is a materials scientist from the Institute of Making. He showed us what kind of wonderful materials would be used in the future to improve medicine and the fashion industry. He showed us 3D printed materials and shoes adjusted to your exact size. He also showed us a magnetic fabric and a magnetic fluid, a ferrofluid.


Mark Miodownik

For the grand finale, David and his fellow investigators shared how to make a hoverboard using a DVD, a bottle lid and a balloon.


David’s CD hoverboard

To surprise him, we started asking him how he would make a hoverboard that would carry a human. As a surprise, we brought out a real hoverboard (aka a flying carpet), which he tried out in front of everybody. His face turned from surprised to happy as he hovered.


David seeing the David-sized hoverboard!


Also as the cherry on the top of the finale, we announced the marvellous news that we could keep Carole for a whole other year, as we had raised more than our target! Thank you sooooo much for your contributions and help!

At the end, Mark gave out prizes for children who answered his questions correctly. His prizes were a book and a box of chocolates. Thank you to everyone who took part and presented!

It was an emotional, extraordinary and spectacular night!

Written by Hivron and India, Y6

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