Lab_13 Irchester is a dedicated science space in our school, managed by our pupils, for our pupils. Our experiments are child-led and curiosity driven, independent of the primary curriculum.
We get to find out the answers to questions that we really want to know by doing hands on investigations and figuring it out by ourselves. We have a Scientist -in-Residence based in the lab full-time to help us guide the students and stimulate their creative ideas through Lab_13.
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Our G&T Masterclass
At Lab_13 Irchester, we held a Gifted and Talented Masterclass recently. This masterclass was open to Year 6 students from ten local schools who have a real knack for scientific thinking. You can read more about it here.
Part of our Masterclass was designing the “Superbody of the Future”. We had four different occupations (an Olympic swimmer, a firefighter, a Mom and a professional dancer) and designed new and improved bodies for these people. Some of the things we designed haven’t been invented yet and some are halfway there. We were very excited to learn that in the last few weeks bionic contact lenses have become a reality (see our Sci Writers report here)!
Here is our Prezi report with all the creative and innovative modifications we made! See can you guess which superbodies belong to which job!
Ever heard of a Lab_14??
Here at Lab_13 Irchester we run an afterschool Inventors Club. At the minute it is just for Year 4 students and has been running for 4 weeks.
This week I was amazed when Tommy one of our Inventors told me about Lab_14! “I wanted a place at home that I could make inventions and experiments. So, my friend Irina and I started to convert an old playhouse at the end of my garden”
Being in Year 4, Tommy and Irina were too young to be on our committee but that hasn’t stopped their Lab_13 spirit, “We both like science in class and love coming to Lab_13 so we thought the perfect name was Lab_14”!
“Irina designed the inside where the table and workbench should go and I fixed up the windows and made it tidy. My sister has already built a rain-water filtering system with pop bottles, stones and bark. I want to design a working model boat!”
Tommy maintains that Lab_14 is still a work in progress and even has a sign up in the window saying “Help Wanted”. He says he will reward his helpers by having a science club in there and allowing them come to invent things.
I am so impressed with Tommy and Irina! They are only 9 and have created their own learning space! I really think that this is what Lab_13 is all about – inspiring young children to create and learn about science through actually doing it!
– Jennifer, Scientist in Residence, Lab_13 Irchester