How to: Start a Science Club
I can’t quite believe it myself, but the summer is over, and autumn is well and truly here. It may seem strange to my child self, but I love this time of year. The new school year is well underway, and now students and teachers have settled in, that means lots more shows, workshops and events for us at Braintastic!
It’s also a great time to try something new, and what could be better than a science club?! Now things have returned to some semblance of normality, this autumn could be a perfect opportunity to start one at your school. Science clubs give students the chance to get hands-on, test their own ideas and experiment with science in a way there just isn’t time for during the school day. And they don’t have to be lots of work for you! Here are our top tips for starting a science club at your school:
1) Pick a time & location.
Often science cubs run for 30mins-1 hour after school, but you might be able to set one up in a lunch time if that fits better for your students. It's usually easiest to hold the club in a science lab, but you might be able to do it in a classroom, or even outside, if you choose your experiments carefully
2) Recruit some help.
Maybe you could find a couple of science-minded parents to help you run the club? Or if you are in a senior school, could one of the older students help run it for younger participants? This can be a great way to do things, as the older students will get a chance to practice their communication skills, as well as something interesting to put on their UCAS forms, while younger kids often respond really well to being taught by someone who is a bit closer to their age!
3) Find your resources.
There are loads of really great resources for hands-on experiments online. Wow science has collected some of the best from all over the internet, and grouped them by topic, so is a great place to start: Home | WowScience - Science games and activities for kids
Another great option is to sign up to run the Crest awards scheme, developed by the British Science Association. This gives young people the chance to design and carry out their own experiments, in a structured way. There are different levels of difficulty available for different age groups, and costs start at just £1 per child.
And, of course, there is always the option to book a Braintastic! Science club package instead! We have developed 6 weeks’ worth of materials which will allow you to run a science club with the minimum amount of fuss. Focused on our senses, each week includes an introductory video packed with demos and interactive activities for the kids to join in with. Then, they will have the chance to work through our downloadable handouts, creating their own experiments and illusions. The activities use only simple materials, and are designed to be easily followed by students aged 6-12. We can even run it as a live virtual session if you prefer- just get in touch to discuss the costs and details.
However you choose to run it, a science club can be a hugely valuable experience for students, encouraging them to always, stay curious!
Ginny & the Braintastic! team.