March 20th was Science and Maths Day at Għargħur Primary school, a day during which scientific concepts were introduced to the children’s inquisitive minds in a practical fun-filled day. Two classes of different year groups joined together to take part in a Science activity with maths related tasks.
Year 1 and 2 focused on floating and sinking topic, where the children were given different items and then had to predict if they sink or float. After the prediction they were given a big bowl with water and they tested every item themselves. After this activity each child was given a piece of aluminium foil and with the help of their parents they had to design and build a container which can float and hold the most metal nuts. This last activity was very exciting for the students as they counted the maximum number of nuts that each boat could take before this went down to the bottom. Students recorded their finding on a bar graph, where they could compare each others’ values with each other.
Year 3 and 4 worked on two different topics; one was related to paper absorption and the other to friction. Different paper materials were given and students had to predict, then investigate which material can absorb the most water after they dipped them in a bowl of water and then measuring the wet part. For a second activity students had to test which material – sandpaper, plastic, cardboard and wood will make the most friction when slid over a wooden ramp. The friction was calculated by hanging metal nuts on to different materials until the material slides. Following this the students worked out the total weight of nuts needed by multiplying the weight of one nut with the number of nuts used for each material.
Year 5 and 6 had a very creative job to do, as they had to design the best way how to transport water by means of using via ducts. These via ducts consisted of plastic water pipes for water transportation and wooden dowels to create stands for elevation. When each groups’ project was built, they were given 500ml of water and each group had to check how much water was lost until it reached the other end using measuring cylinders. A classification of the most efficient via duct was made by the students themselves based on the amount of water loss each group had.
The Kindergarten classes explored air and number, chromatography and symmetry, magnetism and time. The very young ones cut and decorated a paper car together with their parents. Following that they had a go at racing their car on a track using the force of magnetism. Colourful and symmetrical butterflies were created out of coffee filters marked with water-based markers and dabbed with water, where the little students could see the colour spread and transfer to both sides of the coffee filter to create a symmetrical rainbow of colours. Using a surgical glove and a jablo cup students made a puppet which they could never get tired of blowing full of air and watching it bend down and become lifeless as the air drained out when their blowing stopped .
Happy faces was all left at the end of the day as everybody was happy with result obtained