3 December 2020
Sixth form Science Ambassadors have been working in their separate bubbles this term to devise remote activities for primary school children enhanced by filming demonstrations that can only be performed in a school lab. A set of high quality filming equipment has been purchased using the $1000 prize money members of the club won in an international competition run by US engineering company FLUOR Corporation, whose UK offices are in Newbury.
A lot of new skills have been learnt as presenting to camera is very different to the live sessions the Ambassadors usually run each week for local children. As well as deciding on suitable activities, there have been storyboarding and technical rehearsal sessions followed by learning the skills of editing a high quality final product. Megan Milarski, ASP Assistant, has been a driving force in coordinating advice from Steve King, the school AV manager, learning to edit the recordings and then passing on her experience to the Ambassadors. Both L6th and U6th teams have now completed and filmed an activity each so we look forward to sharing these with primary schools in the New Year.
Another exciting development has been passing on our considerable experience in running the Primary Science Club to sixth formers at Radley College who plan to work with Radley Primary School in a similar way. ASP Coordinator Jeremy Thomas and Senior Science Ambassador Freddie Nicholson met remotely each week with the team at Radley to help them develop ideas for their own club. It’s great to see that the inspiration and dedication is still alive and well amongst sixth formers at both schools and we are all hopeful that face to face sessions with primary children can start again soon, although the filmed workshops will provide continuity in the meantime.