“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……

 

You obviously enjoy the practical side of science, do you enjoy science at school?

  • Yes I love science, it’s my favourite subject.

Do you have a favourite reaction/experiment?

  • I loved the elephant’s toothpaste experiment because it was insane!

(See our Hallowe’en Elephant’s Toothpaste, The Oozing Pumpkin)

Do you remember an experiment that went wrong…what did you learn from that?

  • When I made the rainbow density column I put too much of each chemical in and so you couldn’t see the red at the top. I’ve learn that I need to use not too much of the same chemical.

Did you enjoy demonstrating to the group on Saturday?

  • Yes it was quite fun – I felt quite enthusiastic and every time a kid made a successful rainbow paper I felt proud!
Young Scientist of the Month, Sam, showing the group how to make Rainbow paper.

Young Scientist of the Month, Sam, showing the group how to make Rainbow paper.

Is there a particular area of science that you like, for example archeology, forensic science or engineering?

  • I am really into robotics.

Do you see yourself studying science as you get older, perhaps at college or university?

  • Yes I definitely already planned on doing so. I want to design and build robots when I am older.

After we’ve covered a topic at Saturday Science do you experiment further at home or read about that subject?

  • I don’t always read more about exactly what we did at Saturday Science but I am always reading about science. I read a magazine called How it Works which is about nature, space, science, technology and history. It’s amazing!

So many children lose their drive for science as the go into secondary school and I hope Sam’s enthusiasm for the subject will continue to light his path and nothing gets in his way. To anyone who says science is boring, Sam’s reply is “You just haven’t seen science properly yet.”

Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters who we meet regularly through our work. If you’d like to be featured as Young Scientist of the Month, please contact us. #youngscientistofthemonth #YSotM

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