Almost 300 primary kids learn science of sleuthing
Youngsters from across East Kilbride got an insight into the world of forensic science recently.
Primary seven pupils from eight schools attended an event at Duncanrig Secondary.
The “Physics Fights Crime” day was designed to raise the profile of physics and give primary-school pupils a chance to experience and investigative science first hand, while at the same time affording them an opportunity to enhance key literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.
In teams of up to eight, and led by S3 helpers, the young crime-busters from Auldhouse, Canberra, Castlefield, Crosshouse, East Milton, Kirktonholme, Mossneuk, and South Park primaries – nearly 300 in all – were given a series of physics-related tasks enabling them to gather and record sufficient evidence to solve the “crime”.
More challenging aspects of the workshop – calculating speeds, for instance – were interspersed with fun tasks such as using ultraviolet pens and helping to ensure engagement levels across the whole spectrum of ability.
The workshop finished in professional style with pupils writing reports to the procurator fiscal on the evidence they had found.
The S3 physics enthusiasts who supported each team also benefited from the initiative.
Having already proven in their classes that they are successful learners, the secondary pupils were given a chance through the workshop to develop further.
And they couldn’t run without the valuable input of pupil helpers.
Head-teacher George Wynne said: “This is an excellent primary-secondary joint event that gives children a novel introduction to the world of science and to forensic science in particular.
“The analytical skills they are developing will stand them in good stead when they are studying science at Duncanrig in the future and the general life skills of team working and presenting their findings will be of use to them both within and outwith school.
“It was a hugely successful event which the pupils enthusiastically participated in and found very enjoyable.
“It was great to be able to be there and witness them in action.”
The event was supported by South Lanarkshire Council’s innovation fund.
Appliance of science Emma Sloan, Abbie Edgar, Kenzie Smith and Cruz Singh from East Milton