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Real science that encourages failure as a learning experience. Science and Engineering activities that solve local problems using only discarded materials (rubbish) as a resource. Students can learn to trap flies/mosquitos in plastic bottles to improve health security, create hydroponic plant systems to increase food security and, solar stills to improve water security. These activities have multiple complex variables and students could learn something that has previously been unknown.

Real science that encourages failure as a learning experience. Science and Engineering activities that solve local problems using only discarded materials (rubbish) as a resource. Students can learn to trap flies/mosquitos in plastic bottles to improve health security, create hydroponic plant systems to increase food security and, solar stills to improve water security. These activities have multiple complex variables and students could learn something that has previously been unknown.
Understanding the spreading of disease - Sex and Milk Practical Activity
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Understanding the spreading of disease - Sex and Milk Practical Activity

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This practical activity models the transfer of microbes from shaking hands, droplet infection- being near someone sneezing / coughing, or from the exchange of fluids during sexual activity. Students are given a test tube one third full of milky water. They move around the room with it and when they make close contact with someone else they do a ‘microbe exchange’ by pouring their milk into the other persons test tube and then sharing it equally between the two tubes. The more people they make contact with (or have sex with) the more microbes they will accumulate from different people. Lots of fun,frightening and an excellent learning activity!
Rubbish Science Design Thinking Planning Sheet
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Rubbish Science Design Thinking Planning Sheet

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Rubbish Science is a charity that teaches students scientific thinking as they solve real problems (often with multiple variables ) using only locally available disposable materials (rubbish or trash) We work with some of the poorest communities on the planet , but the resources are suitable for all those who want their science to be messy in terms of outcomes. To be real and allow students to explore unknowns. This planning sheet supports all of the Rubbish Science activities. It incorporates design thinking and the idea of prototyping . The focus is on structuring problem solving from the start: What do I know about this task and what do I need to Know? How might I find out? What ideas might work? Learning is at the heart of all our activities. The results may be potentially competitive: Who can catch the most flies in a plastic bottle trap? but the ethos is always on learning. The winner is always the person who learns the most. THe person who can justify the results obtained