Science lessons with a twist for DGS pupils.
Pupils and visitors to Dunoon Grammar School last week were greeted with a curious addition to the school car park – a science laboratory based in an articulated lorry!
During the week a number of pupils worked in the lorry on a number of physics related experiments. Lab in a Lorry – organised by the Institute of Physics and STEM – is an interactive mobile science laboratory which gives young people the opportunity to explore science through open ended experiments.
Senior pupils at Dunoon Grammar took on the role of mentors – guiding younger pupils through a series of workshops hosted within the wheeled lab, including one which gave the students an insight into sound and its behaviour. This experiment consisted of a table tennis ball inside glass casing which was placed on top of a speaker. As the sound gradually increased the table tennis ball bounced more frequently which showed the pupils the effect that sound and its vibration can have. Another popular session with pupils was a camera workshop. This involved the pupils building a camera which at first had the illusion of the image being up-side-down. Pupils also found out more about computer pixels being made from 3 primary colours; red, blue and green.
S1 pupil Andrew Trouten summarised his experience in the lorry:
“It was extremely good and I learnt a lot more about the way that cameras work. It has definitely helped me with the prospect of choosing a science for S3.”
Jennifer Walker also of S1 added:
“Lab in a lorry was very interesting and I’d definitely do it again if it came back.”
Elaine Boyce, Principal Teacher of Science commented:
“The Lab in a Lorry provided pupils with an enriched learning experience through relevant real life applications with a fun hands-on approach. The visit also provided the S6 pupil volunteers with an opportunity to demonstrate their outstanding leadership skills in promoting physics to our younger pupils.”
Head Teacher, David Mitchell added:
“I would like to thank STEM and the Institute of Physics for bringing this special educational resource to our school. It was clear that all those who went on board had a fantastic and deep learning experience. I would also like to thank our senior pupils who did an excellent job as mentors to our younger pupils.”