Gillespie news: science show and model eye

The Science Show

On Sunday there was a science show at Leicester Square Theatre. Some Gillespie children went and enjoyed it a lot. One of them got invited on stage to be a jacket potato as they were answering a question on the digestive system. Greg Foot was one of the two presenters and they answered questions written by the audience and also from people around Britain. I found it hilarious but I still learnt new things like some elements make different coloured fires. For example barium, which makes green fire. This made me think about Lab_13 as answering questions and explaining them with experiments links the two together. It would be amazing if he could come to our school and do something similar.

 The Model Eye

Over the past couple of weeks the Lab_13 committee have been working on a project building a model of an eye. It’s for an international competition to make a model of a body part that Lab_13 Ghana are hosting. So far we have made the sclera and choroid. We have learnt about the optic nerve which sends messages from the eye to the brain and therefore allows you to see.

Making our model optic nerve

We are using papier mache to construct the model and string for the capillaries (small blood vessels). We tried to find something that looked like it could be an optic nerve, and we finally found a plastic tube and spring to represent the nerves. We think it will be finished in two weeks’ time.


Painting the sclera and the choroid – can you spot the capillaries?



Written by Naeema (Y6) and Serafino (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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One Response to Gillespie news: science show and model eye

  1. SiR Joe from Lab_13 Ghana says:

    Wow your eye model sounds like it’s going to be amazing, we can’t wait to see your final product.

    Keep up the great work!

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