As a Specialist Science College one of our annual community events is the Summer Science & Family Funday.
This year I was there with staff & students from the STEMNET ‘Skateboard Project’. Having been closely involved with the project since last year it was a great opportunity to show off all the students hard work. They designed, built & decorated, from scratch, longboard skateboards but also looked very closely at the science & engineering behind the technology that we used during the course of the project. The great crowd pleaser turned out to be not the skateboards themselves but the ‘Magic Levitating Beach Ball’. It’s a brilliant way to demonstrate the venturi effect, a scientific principle that all spray paint guns utilise. Once again my perennial favorite, informal learning, was a big part of the project & feedback from the public was extremely positive. We are currently planning to run another project for the next cohort starting in October this year.