Eversfield's Science Fair

Eversfield has held its first ever Science Fair. Children from Upper School proudly manned their stalls in the gym, explaining their investigations to parents and children from across the School community.

Form 3 displayed their fossil models and pieces of work explaining their research into dinosaurs. They discussed their tests on rocks, using vinegar to determine which types of rock would be more likely to wear away with acid rain. They also examined different soil types, determining which held most water and therefore which type of soil would be best for the school playing fields.

The most popular stand proved to be Form 4’s, which offered visitors the opportunity to make slime. The children from Lower School vigorously mixed their pots containing PVA glue, baking powder and contact lens solution until they contained sticky, white slime.  Other pupils from Form 4 explained various ways in which temperature can be measured including the iPad probes.

Form 5 challenged visitors to guess which car would be the fastest. The cars were powered by the release of air from inflated balloons which were attached to their bodywork. The pupils from Form 5 also encouraged musicians to play a tune on plastic tubes. The tubes were of different length and when struck played different notes.

Three different stalls were set up by the pupils from Form 6. The first of these displayed a selection of storybooks that the pupils had written for their buddies in Reception. The stories were inspired by old African tales and encouraged the students to use their knowledge of the theories of evolution gained during their Science lessons. The second stall offered visitors the opportunity to use their observation skills, entering  a competition to see how quickly they could remove pieces of wrapping paper that were lying camouflaged on a larger sheet of the same paper.  Well done Nihaal for being the quickest at this task. The final table contained a much messier investigation, the extraction of DNA from a banana. The fruit was mashed before salt and washing up liquid were added, followed by contact lens solution and ice-cold ethanol. This final mixture was then filtered into a test tube where, once settled, a ring of DNA appeared on the surface.

Engineering Club took up the opportunity to explain the fairground models that they had made. They also held a building competition asking entrants to design a bridge, using a single piece of paper, which could support a 100g weight. Congratulations to Darshan for his winning design.

During the fair the gym was buzzing with interested visitors who asked questions about the pupils’ investigations. Many people commentated on the children’s enthusiasm and the depth of knowledge shown whilst discussing the various topics. Mrs Sliney is very grateful to all her helpers who explained themselves so well during the fair.