Wednesday the 7th of May saw Andrews Memorial Primary School’s P7 children working with their Intergenerational Programme partners in an afternoon of fun, frolics and science!
Mr Ted Jensen from eye4education came along to show the group a little of what he does to promote STEM in Primary Schools (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
Nine teams, each with two adults working with two children, were given two tasks. Task one was for each group to make pyramids out of spaghetti and mini marshmallows! It was interesting to hear the discussions at each table, and these discussions went into overdrive when Ted stated that they had ten minutes to build the highest tower possible using their pyramids and there would be a prize for this!!!!
Task two involved making rockets from paper and launching them into the air using a film canister and a vitamin C tablet!! Again there was to be a prize for the overall best rocket based on design, team work and propulsion. Much testing was done to work out how much water and how much tablet created the best propulsion. Orange water appeared everywhere and the level of competitiveness between the teams was hot and heavy!
Ted judged both competitions and Vice Principal John Sandford awarded prizes to the winners.