We’ve just taken part in our first BBC #TerrificScientific investigation at the academy where I work. We received a pack of test strips through the post and decided that we had nothing to lose by giving it a go.
My KS4 students were the most enthusiastic and were keen to take part in the experiment. I’ve got plenty of plastic ‘test tubes’ with lids so students took one home and brought a sample of tap water into school, meaning we could all compare results and rank in order of water hardness.
It wasn’t only the students that were motivated, one member of staff brought in a sample of water from Barnsley, and because we have a huge catchment area we were able to test water samples from a large geographical area.
So what was it that caught the attention of the students and made them want to join in? Whilst students knew about the interactive map they didn’t seem too bothered about it, but they were keen to find out something about their life and home.
Science is best taught when students can relate to it and see the relevance to their lives, whether it be a fuse in a three-pin plug or how magnetic field lines are useful for navigating with a compass. Science is a wonderful subject to teach and the BBC have given us another tool to engage our learners – I’d recommend checking out the #TerrificScientific project.