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Friday, 24 January 2014
Girls from 18 local primary schools came to the Girls’ Division today to take part in a series of science and maths sessions.
This is the third annual Just4Girls event organised by Bolton School to promote male-dominated subjects to girls, and to emphasise the link between the scientific and mathematical disciplines. The activities were led by Bolton School’s science and maths teachers, who made each session fun and memorable for all the girls involved. Year 8 pupils were on hand throughout to assist and lend their advice and knowledge to the visitors.
The day was themed around surface area and volume, but focus throughout was on practical experiments and applications. In the Biology session, the girls used a plastic bottle, rubber tube, washing up bowl and plenty of water to measure and compare their own lung capacity. Some of the girls went red in the face with the effort of trying to out-perform one another! There was a lesson on aerodynamics during the Physics session, where the girls built their own paper helicopter and experimented to see what effect wing-length had on the time it took to drop to the ground. For Chemistry, the girls investigated the effect of surface area on reaction time by seeing how long it took for an antacid tablet to neutralise an acetic acid, vinegar. They tried with whole tablets, halved tablets and ground tablets, and then compared and discussed their results. During the Maths session, the girls cut out and built their own Angry Birds out of paper – but only after they had calculated the total surface area of the geometric shape. With rectangles, cubes, triangles and even trapeziums on the table, there was complex working out to do before they could begin cutting out and gluing together their birds.
Over lunchtime, there was a quiz to test each team’s science knowledge, and the day came to a close with a Presentation Ceremony where the winner was announced: St Simon and St Jude Primary School. Each girl went home with a goody bag and certificate to commemorate the day.
The Just4Girls Science Day is the latest in a series of events for local primary school boys and girls to attend at Bolton School.
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