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Griffin Science Symposium

By 15 March 2022August 9th, 2022No Comments

Wow! What a fantastic Griffin Science Symposium Willow Brook celebrated last week.

This year for Science Week we asked the Big Question: ” What does a scientist do ? “. Inspired by the Questioneer book series, ” Ada Twist Scientist “, by Andrea Beaty.

Our Griffin family of schools ” Festival of Science” theme was: ” Changemakers : Altogether Fairer”, plus the British Science Week theme is ” Growth”.

Willow Brook brought these themes to life throughout the week becoming:
• forensic scientists;
• engineering housing solutions for flooding in Bangladesh;
• inventing new creative climate solutions, as part of a competition ;
• whilst meeting real life Engineers ( from the futuristic world of laser electricity and the European Space Agency robotic arm); Earth Scientists working to save the Arctic from UCL and UK Astronomy.

On Thursday, our local science specialist sixth formers from the Lammas buddy-programme with Year 5, launched the Willow Brook Science Showcase by completing the “Curley Wurley Challenge” .
The whole school tried to break the Guiness World Record for ” How far you can stretch a Curley Wurley?” whilst investigating elasticity of materials and molecules bonding closely together or far apart, when warm or cold and using Maths in Science to measure and compare lengths. Sadly, no records were broken this time – keep trying Willow Brookers.

Throughout the week, children designed and collected their own “Science capital” in individual bags; plus finished the week dressed in a way Science inspires them for ” Science selfies”.

At the end of the week we held the Willow Brook Science Showcase which celebrated the whole Science curriculum throughout our learning corridors including:
• Year 2 gentoo penguins habitats;
• Year 3 wonderful worms and soil;
• Year 6 fruity battery.

Well done to all the children for another amazing week at Willow Brook.