On Friday morning the pupils in P4-7 at Kirkcolm Primary left school at 9:30. After a quick stop to pick up our buddies from Leswalt we headed over to Portpatrick Primary for a fun packed trio partnership Science morning. Pupils and family in our P4 – 7 classes from Kirkcolm, Leswalt and Portpatrick came togetherto participate in a wide range of STEM based activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as part of British Science Week.
The showpiece of the event was a mobile planetarium provided by the Galloway Forest Astronomical Society, organised by Mrs Ferguson (Leswalt). Mr Antony Berrett, Dr Douglas Snell, Mr Hunter McCall and Mr Brian Rice, gave up their time voluntarily to bring a night sky experience to the children. We were taken on a journey through the planets and moons of our Milky Way, learning fascinating facts on our travels. This resource has been kindly funded by the Kilgallioch Community Fund and is being made available to schools within our region.
The planetarium will be part of the attractions on offer to all ages on Saturday 9th March during the weekend programme for the Wigtown Big Bang Weekend event. (11-4pm, £5 per entry)
When not in the planetarium, the pupils were given a carousel of hands-on challenges to select from; ranging from electrical circuits to tower construction and from pin the organ on the body to parachute making. For example, they had to design an electrical circuit that would sound an alarm in the event of a flood. Our little engineers didn’t let us down and were up to the challenges of all the problems presented to them.
There was even an opportunity for social time during break, which the children made full use of. Pupils loved having the opportunity to join back up with all their Lockerbie manor buddies. Finally pupils thanked everyone for the wonderful experience and bid them and their friends a farewell to return back to Kirkcolm for a late lunch and a run in the sun. A Fantastic Friday had by all