Hi Broad Heath!
British Science Week is coming up and Miss Smith is launching a whole school competition! Your entries need to be sent to Miss Smith’s classroom by 20th March 2015. (Half term would be a great time to get this done!) The winners will, of course, get a very special prize!!!
Look around you. Look out of a window. What do you see? Where did these things come from? How were they created? Where were they invented?
This competition is all about finding out about science on your doorstep. We all either live near someone who has made a contribution to science or to something that is only here because of science. You may look at the science that is your own own home or even on your actual doorstep. We take most of the things around us for granted and never think about how they came to be or the scientists, technologists, mathematicians, engineers, designers and innovators who were involved in their creation.
Using your investigative skills find out about the science on your doorstep. Look at street names around you or the name of your school. Some roads and schools are named after people that have a historical link to your area, try to find out who they were and create an interesting poster about them and their achievements. Look at local buildings, bridges, roads, what are they made from? Where did materials come from? How were they built? Do you have pets or live in a rural (countryside) area? You could look at the adaptations of wild animals, your pets or livestock and explain how these help them to survive where you live.
Your Task: Collect information and use science to create an original poster that shows how it is relevant to your area and why it is important to you, your region and Britain.
Here are some ideas you might like to think about (you don’t have to do these though):
- Drawings: you could use geometry (shapes) as part of your drawing. Why not make it interactive with 2D pull out tabs? Or make a pop-up poster?
- Paintings: There are lots of different styles of painting and types of paint that you could use.
- Collages: You could make the materials for your collage. Why not use photographs?
- Graphic designs/art: Graphic design is all around you. Look at the posters around your school, at bus stops, railway stations and along the road. Many of these are designed by graphic artists. There are many (in)famous graffiti artists whose work you might like to use for inspiration.
- Photos of 3D models: be as creative and innovative as you can by using a local material to construct the model.
These are just ideas, you do not have to use them, be creative and do something different, unusual and innovative. To get you started, here are a few themes, ideas and facts about people, places and inventions that are all from Coventry. You can use these themes, or your own investigations, as a starting point to begin researching for your poster.
- James Starley – ‘Father of the Cycle Industry’. He invented the Penny Farthing.
- Sir Frank Whittle. He invented the jet engine.
- Jaguar cars are designed in Whitley, Coventry.
- The clock and watchmaking industry
- Black cabs. These are made on Holyhead Road in Coventry by a company called LTI.
- Charles Humpherson. He invented traffic indicators.
- Coventry founded the motor industry
- The first military tank was built on Stoney Stanton Road!
- RDM group from Coventry have designed electric powered pods to carry 2 people along pavements. http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/space-age-technology-behind-coventry-built-driverless-8615444
GOOD LUCK! I can’t wait to see your competition entries!