Al­most 300 pri­mary kids learn sci­ence of sleuthing

East Kilbride News - - OUR PEOPLE -

Ni­cola Findlay

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

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