To cre­ate the fu­ture

Keen to be wee pro­fes­sors

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sci­ence, sto­ries and songs to cap­ture the at­ten­tion of lit­tle sci­en­tists. She added: “I’ve found my dream job.” The motto of the group is ‘Tell me and I for­get, show me and I re­mem­ber, in­volve me and I un­der­stand,’ and Kirsty also en­joys prac­tis­ing the ex­per­i­ments at home with Rex, who will soon turn one.

And she ad­mits there is one sub­ject that is guar­an­teed to grab the chil­dren’s at­ten­tion.

She said: “Each class has a theme. One of the re­cent top­ics was di­ges­tion or the jour­ney of food. The ex­per­i­ment in­volved crush­ing up Weetabix and adding wa­ter to sim­u­late the chew­ing process.

“The mix­ture was then put in a zi­plock bag, which rep­re­sented the stom­ach and the kids squished it about.

“The chil­dren then put the mush in a pair of tights rep­re­sent­ing the in­testines and squeezed the wa­ter out of it, re­sult­ing in a semi-solid mass – the poop.

“All chil­dren love any­thing poore­lated so this is one of their favourite top­ics. “It’s amaz­ing what re­sources there are out there to teach kids sci­ence. The kids all get the chance to wear a white coat, which they love, and none of them are afraid to get their hands dirty. The messier the bet­ter.”

For more info on Kirsty’s sci­ence classes, see www. face­book.com/MiniPro­fes­sors L a n a rks h i re­andS ou t h Glas­gow/

En­cour­ag­ing Kirsty Brown from Cam­bus­lang has started her own Mini Pro­fes­sors group

Dirty work Chil­dren love get­ting stuck in at the Mini Pro­fes­sor classes

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