On Tuesday 18th September Year 1 were delighted to welcome Ian from Science Oxford into school with his friend Inventing Isobel. Isobel loves to invent and, when a problem arises, she usually comes up with an idea to fix it ... but sometimes she gets in a pickle with the materials that she chooses! For example, when her umbrella broke, whilst her toilet paper covered replacement was cheap and easy to make, we discovered that it wasn't very waterproof!
We enjoyed exploring how to test different materials for different inventions. The children came up with some great ideas for why some materials, whilst they do the job in parts, are not the right choice. For example, a glass anchor sinks beautifully but it is too fragile for the job! A wooden window would prevent the windows from being broken by balls, but we would not be able to see anything out of the window! In the workshop we explored how rockets are made and how a rocket can shoot in the opposite direction when air is forced out of it. We made rocket mice and forced air out of bottles to shoot them to the moon!