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Sam

“it was insane!”

 

Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters we meet regularly through our outreach work. This month we meet Sam, a regular at our Saturday Science Club in Tiverton, East Devon.

Sam’s enthusiasm to learn is amazing, he clearly enjoys the hands-on approach at Saturday Science Club. Sam is a confident youngster, and is very knowledgable about science in general so at one of our workshops I gave him a challenge! Which he took on without hesitation. I asked if he wouldn’t mind helping me demonstrate something to the group of children. Sam was brilliant at this, so much so that I wasn’t needed at all and became part of the audience for a change! I caught up with Sam after the workshop.

lets meet Sam……

 

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Millie

Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters we meet regularly through our outreach work. Following on from Lois last month, this month we meet Millie, another girl who loves science, and hopefully there’s no stopping her. As mentioned in a previous post, the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects appears during secondary school. Did you know that only 9% of the engineering workforce are female? Shocking, lets move on…..

Millie is a regular at Saturday Science Club and also comes to the Science Activity days that we do in the school holidays. Enjoying a challenge, Millie gets really focussed on the activities that we bring to the workshops. We try to make our activities meaningful to help kids connect science to their own lives. If they can not make the connection, there is a high chance they will drift away from science.  The activities are designed to encourage children to think  scientifically, and develop critical thinking.

At a recent Engineering Science Day, Millie was tasked with making a Rube Goldberg machine and a robot, she took the challenges on with gusto! We caught up with Millie for a chat about robots & science.

OK, so let’s meet Millie……

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Make Fluorescent Glowing Liquid

Make Awesome Glowing Liquid at Home using the Insides of a Yellow Highlighter Pen!

This is so easy to do!

Extracting the fluorescent liquid from a highlighter pen to make glowing liquid is so easy for this amazing and cool science experiment. Yellow highlighter pens work best as they have a good quantity of fluorescein – the fluorescent chemical inside the cartridge.

We had a go at extracting fluorescein at home recently and we were amazed at how bright the fluorescent liquid was. The kids loved it, just pouring it into the containers was really satisfying. We wrote with it and drew pictures too, which looked awesome under UV light! As you can see from the video we made some mess, but it was easy to clean up and left no stains.  Fluorescein from these pens is safe to handle too.

Lets see how we did it and watch the video…..

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Lois

Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters who we meet regularly through our work. This month we meet Lois, one of the many girls how comes to our science and technology workshops, topics which may be viewed as male dominant. We usually see an equal number of girls and boys at our sessions which is not surprising as the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects doesn’t start to appear until the GCSEs and it continues to widen throughout university and into working life.

“In the UK women make up just 14 per cent of individuals working in STEM occupations in the UK.”, Deloitte, 2016.

 

“girls continued to outperform boys in every STEM subject”.

 

Deloitte’s report explores many reasons for this, such as women taking time out to look after families, but also that a gender pay gap still exists. Interestingly the report also finds that “girls continued to outperform boys in every STEM subject” throughout their education. Girl Power!

OK, so let’s meet Lois……

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My first blog!

I can’t believe it! I’m online and blogging on my brand new website!

I hope you like the new site. Please do let me know if you are having trouble finding your way around or if anything doesn’t seem to be working for you. It’s supposed to be fun and playful, but it is supposed to be functional too!

Have a good look around – you should get a really good idea of just what Sciencedipity is and what we hope to achieve…

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