pupils from Newtonhill Primary School enjoyed a demonstration last week about “the wonderful world of water”, as part of Generation Science, a touring programme of science shows and workshops for schools delivered by the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
With help from demonstrators ‘Wilma Wind’ and ‘Walter Water’, pupils discovered how water is affected by heat and how they can be hit by a sudden downpour in the classroom.
The Wonderful World of Water follows the meteorological adventures of Walter Water and Wilbur Wind on their quest to uncover the secrets of wet and wild weather. Pupils explored the physical properties of water, ice and vapour and conjured up some real weather inside the classroom, including clouds, rain and snow. They also learned about the three physical states of water; ice, vapour and liquid and their natural occurrence in the environment.
Generation Science Manager Joan Davidson said: “For more than 20 years Generation Science has been visiting schools all over Scotland, educating and exciting pupils by the true wonder and meaning of science. Our workshops are about how to sustainably use our planet’s resources, make informed choices about health, understand why science is so important and realizing the enormity of materials and forces that make up the Earth. By doing so in an entertaining and hands-on way, we hope we will not only bring science to life in the classroom, but inspire a future generation of scientists for Scotland.
The programme is sponsored by Total E&P UK, and Sandra McIntosh from the company said: “TOTAL E&P UK is delighted to support a second series of Generation Science workshops following last year’s successful run. Introducing the wonders of science to children at a young age will hopefully inspire them to be as fascinated about it when they grow up. As an international energy company we aim to encourage children to get involved in science subjects and if this can be done in a fun and hands-on way as with Generation Science, then it’s a win/win for everyone.”
The Wonderful World of Water is one of 15 amazing shows and workshops provided by Generation Science which are designed to make science fun, exciting and easy to understand and to help teachers cover the school science curriculum. The Generation Science tour reaches over 60,000 primary school children and over 600 schools in 31 Local Authority areas annually, it is the largest school science touring programme in the UK and has activities for all ages, from infant classes right up to upper primary.
For more information on Generation Science Touring Scotland 2011 visit www.generationscience.co.uk or contact Emma Henderson, Press and Media, 07977 134 614 or 0131 553 0321.