30 Nov Mad Scientists – Grade 00A
Young children are naturally inquisitive and are known to be full of questions about the world around them. At Uplands Pre-Preparatory, it is important for us to take advantage of the innate drive in our children to investigate how and why things work and to foster their enthusiasm for scientific discovery. As a 21st century school, we also aim to develop our learners’ critical thinking skills through science, as the experiments encourage them to learn to ask questions, predict outcomes, practise their observation skills, physically test their hypotheses and then communicate what they have seen and discovered.
Our Mad Scientists were treated to two science demonstrations from Little Lab Coats. Bubbles were the order of the day in the first experiment and the children were taught what bubbles are made from, how they are formed, and what makes them pop. This hands-on experiment afforded the children the opportunity to make their own giant bubbles using bubble wands and a special bubble formula. In the second demonstration, the children investigated the importance of water for plants. They participated in an experiment where they put a special paper flower into a bowl of water and watched amazed as the petals soaked up the water and opened up. They also investigated how plants suck water up through “straws” in their stems by observing how the white petals of a flower placed in dyed water changed to blue.