Jumping newts for British Science Week

13 March 2019

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British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and this year’s theme is ‘journeys’. The children have been thinking about the different scientific journeys that happen every day and how they can discover science through their own lives and experiences, whether it’s through sneezing or reading a book!

In Year 2 the children’s investigation was to make an object move using an invisible force and it was based on events in Roald Dahl’s Matilda. This invisible force was static electricity, which they produced using balloons and lots of friction. By producing the static charge the children were able to make tissue paper newts ‘jump’ on to their balloons.