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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 academic year is well underway, and now students and teachers have settled in, that means lots more exciting school science shows, workshops and events for us at Braintastic! Science.


It’s also a great time to try something new, and what could be better than starting a fun science club?! Now things have returned to some semblance of normality post-Covid, this autumn could be a perfect opportunity to start a science club at your school. Science workshops give students the chance to get hands-on, test their own ideas and experiment in a way there often just isn’t time for during the school day - nurturing the links between science and creativity. And they don’t have to be lots of work for you! Here are our top tips on how to start 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 secondary school, could one of the older students help run it for younger participants? This can be a great way to do things, as the senior students will get a chance to practice their communication skills, as well as something interesting to put on their UCAS forms, while younger kids soften 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 science activity ideas 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. Another strong 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 science fun 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 fun science workshops for schools with Braintastic! Science instead! Packed full of science fun, experiments and illusions that highlight their amazing brains in action as we explore the surprising science of the senses. Available live in-person, as a package with our science shows for schools, or online. When run virtually as part of your science club each of the 6 weeks includes an introductory video with demos and interactive activities for the kids to join in with, followed by creating their own experiments and illusions from our worksheets. The activities use only simple materials, and are designed to be easily followed by students in KS1 and KS2. Just get in touch with Ginny and the Braintastic! Science team to discuss the details.


If you're looking for more inspiration and free science fun activities you might like these exciting activities for Science Week UK. And do join our mailing list to receive all our favourite science based tips, tricks and resources to help your students get the best out of their amazing brains:


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