CHaOS at Irchester!

On Wednesday year 5 and 6 went to see a group called CHaOS (Cambridge Hands On Science). CHaOS had lots of fun science experiments set up in our school hall with university students to explain them. There was also year 5 and 6 from Bozeat Primary and year 7 from Wollaston Secondary, who arrived in mini-buses, as this was the first event of the new Nene Valley Partnership between the three schools.

Ben’s favourite experiment was the skulls because he likes animals and correctly guessed what some of the skulls were. There was the skull of a cat, a dog, a shark and a fish skull. For another experiment, we held a bicycle wheel on a handle. We span the wheel and if you moved around with it, it felt out of control! If you held the wheel and then turned it right whilst sitting on the spinny chair, you would start to spin right without touching anything else!

Another experiment was some special glasses, called prism glasses. If you tried to high five someone while wearing them, you would completely miss their hand because the glasses moved everything you could see to the side!

After the hands on activities, we in the committee showed the university students some of our own experiments. We did marshmallow hands: which is when you rub your hands together on a piece of wire, and it tricks your nerves to make your hands soft and marshmallow like. Dulcie thought the CHaOS group would know how everything worked already, but they were amazed by our experiments and want to borrow our ideas!

By Dulcie and Ben, Year 5

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