Gillespie news: Incredible (obviously) Physics

Incredible (obviously) Physics: The IoP

Last academic year, in November 2015, we took part in workshops with the Institute of Physics (IoP). During these workshops we designed drawings for the hoardings for the IoP’s new building.

Four people from the IoP – Paul, Rachel, Louise and Ian – came yesterday to announce whose drawings will go up on their hoardings. Paul is the Chief Executive of the IoP and he is an atmospheric physicist. He wanted to speak in assembly about the IoP, explain about its new building and do a weather experiment with us.

For the demo Paul brought a few small water bottles and some waterproof tape. He also brought a pre-made water bottle tornado as an example of what we were going to make and experiment with. We tested it by shaking it and found that the tornado wasn’t that clear or easy to see. On our next attempt we added some glitter to make the tornado more visible. The glitter swirled around and exaggerated the spinning water.


Working as a team to connect the two bottles with water proof tape


We were still not satisfied with this because as the water bottles were small the tornado did not have enough time to build up and wasn’t that clear for a demonstration in assembly. In our final attempt we used two much bigger bottles and some more glitter. This tornado worked much better than any of the previous ones. Here are instructions for how to make your own tornado in a bottle



Here are the Y4 and Y5 children whose art works will be on display. Y6 missed assembly due to SATs so will receive their certificates next week.

After the demonstration Paul awarded certificates and thank you prizes to the children whose art works have been chosen to go on the hoardings.  If you would like to see these art works then go to Caledonian Rd  on the corner of Balfe St, near King’s Cross.


Written by Kiri and Naomi (Y5)

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