Danger: shock tactics!

1st February 2008 at 00:00
London's Science Museum has launched a national education project - "Danger! High Voltage" - at Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen as part of its work to enthuse students about science.

Pupils took part in a science show featuring high-voltage lightning flashes and were invited to conduct electricity through the palm of their hand. The finale saw a caged mobile phone zapped with a million volts.

The programme is based on the museum's flagship interactive gallery, Launchpad. The outreach team hopes to reach 8,000 S1 pupils in Scotland, north-west England and London over the next three years.

The first visit will comprise a science show about electricity and magnetism, followed by two classroom sessions: the first encourages pupils to perform exciting science demonstrations aimed at building confidence and skills; the second sets the challenge of building a moving contraption from a range of materials to create a chain reaction of events.

Schools will be given a Launch Box kit of materials, activities and ideas to inspire them in science. The project will culminate with pupils performing science tricks and demonstrations to peers and others.

For more on the Launchpad programme: www.sciencemuseum.org.uklaunchpadoutreach. The museum has also developed resources for teachers. For details: www.sciencemuseum.org.uklaunchpadeducators.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now