The KS3 STEM club has been established with the aim of encouraging the young person who wants to discover how things work and why things are the way that they are. The club meets each week in S13 for an hour after school where the experiments that we do are exciting, entertaining and educational.
Each experiment or project introduces the pupils to different aspects of Science across the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Some of the areas that we have delved into include, Geometric and Geodesic structures, Fizzy rockets, Fruit batteries, Water power, Sinking Divers, making Crystals, Pinhole Cameras, Electroplating as well as planting seeds (tomatoes, sweet pea, mint, chilli peppers and more) and potting these on. The club is open to all KS3 pupils and will begin again in September.
This year we also took part in the Queen’s University Salter’s Chemistry Competition in May.
Salter’s Chemistry Competition at QUB
One year 8 and three Year 9 pupils were selected to compete in the Salter’s Chemistry competition on Wednesday May 27th at Queen’s University. There were two sessions, one in the morning which was the ‘Salter’s Challenge’ and the second one in the afternoon was called the ‘University Challenge.’ Later in the afternoon, we were all treated to a fantastic display of some amazing experiments performed by Professor Chris Hardacre, Head of the Chemistry Department at QUB, which mirrored the History of Chemistry through the ages. Eoin Mc Shane 9A, volunteered to join in one of these and had great fun. We look forward to participating in next year’s competition again.
Please see Dr. Donnelly in S13 for further details or if you wish to join. All are welcome!