Irchester’s Science Week Lab_13 Lectures and more!

Just before the Easter Holidays, during Science Week, we held our Lab_13 Lectures for the fourth year running: it was another brilliantly successful day of lectures this year! Our committee did two lectures: one about body tricks and another about the science of sports drinks. then we also had some guest lecturers to show us all sorts of different things!

A and P    green fire

For the body tricks, first we showed the audience how they could feel an invisible ball of energy between their hands, by tricking their muscles! Then, we showed them how to paralyse their finger, as hard as they tried they couldn’t move it because their other fingers were trapped and the tendons are connected. For the sports drink we did an experiment live on stage: testing to see if a good and bad sports drink made and difference to how many star jumps our volunteers could do. Except, we didn’t actually use real sports drinks! We actually investigated whether being TOLD you had a sports drink made any difference. This is like the placebo effect, which is when somebody is given fake medicine but still feels better.

 

In the morning we had Scott Turner and his robot Red, who acts like a human! We saw how the robot could get up after it was knocked over, and how it would walk with someone when you told it to follow. Scott told us how soon there will be social robots like Red for sale to have in our homes! In the afternoon we had Rick Hall with a card game called “Would you rather?” First we all voted on which animal we preferred, then started to think about the choices we make and how they affect the world: I didn’t know that having a nice wood table affect the tree frogs in the rainforest! There was all a guest appearance all the way from Ghana, in Africa. The Lab_13 Committee there showing us their Lab and talked about their favourite experiments.

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The last lecture was a showdown between chemistry and physics. There was some epic green fire made by Jonny using Chemistry, and some twizzling flying FIRE called Devil Sticking from Chris using Physics! Out of the committee two people voted for Physics and the rest for Chemistry, it was the same in the rest of the audience so the winner was Chemistry!

We really enjoyed presenting the day, I hope we get to come back and help the new committee with it next year!

By Alfie

Another thing! The lectures were the finale of our Science Week, but all week long the different classes were making and using their own science spaces: a new area in their classroom or outside where they could go to do some kind of science. Updates coming over the next few weeks about all the different science spaces that were created at Irchester!

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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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