Lab 13 does Genoa!
Crown Hills Lab 13, along with their Scientist in Residence, Tom Carter, headed off to Genoa for the Genoa Science Festival, to show how creative science should be done! We have collected some of the groups favourite experiences from the Science Festival below.In my opinion Italy is a beautiful educational country. I liked learning about the history around Genova and the best bit was going to the laser exhibition. In the exhibition we learnt a variety of things for example, we learnt that our eyes see three different colours (yellow, red, blue) and when these colours mix we can see different colours and that’s what causes us to see different colours such as white or even black. Maryah Dagia Today I have learnt many things for example; the dangly bit in the back of your throat is not your tonsil it’s the epiglottis. The cushiony bit on the sides is the tonsil. Even though we have not been able to do our workshop we have still learnt a lot. Manpreet Atwal Today was the first day of our workshop and I really enjoyed teaching the Italian kids about electricity although I was feeling a bit nervous at first. We also today went on a tube train. Muhammed Patel At the Science Festival, the group split off into two groups of three. The first group did the workshop in the morning and the other group went shopping, site seeing or to see the other exhibits. We then swapped round in the afternoon. My group (Me, Muhammad and Mariyah) did the morning shift. It was really fun as we got to present different demonstrations to all sorts of ages. The groups were small at first, though they soon grew in size. Lauren Raybould Me, Lauren and Inderpal took over the next two workshops, whilst Miss Parra took the others out. Our first group was a class of around 10 years old, and was quite easy to present to. On the other hand our next group was full of immature 16 year old ‘boys’, which was not easy to present to. They kept laughing at Mr Carter. After the strange group we had previously, we had a debate weather to go to the aquarium, but on a lovely hot day none of the girls were up for it. So Sir took the two boys, and we sat in mine and Lauren’s room talking about Italian things. Lauren Dalby Today is the last day and we are all feeling sad. We have two more science workshops to do and then we have to catch the plane home. The workshops went well and we did most of the work so Mr Carter could chill. I was in charge of filming the last workshop and got some good shots of the action. We said good bye to Sylvia and Guilliana our helpers and then it was time to go. We got an ice cream to celebrate the trip and then got a taxi to the airport. I could have stayed for longer because I liked Genova, the food and the local people. I could even say a few words in Italian and wanted to learn more. Inderpal Dhillon After a tough day of delivering 5 back to back science workshops we split into groups with those with any remaining energy visiting the Mediterranean gardens and the aquarium. The Mediterranean gardens gave an insight into the kind of plants that thrive in the Med and some of the farming methods that have enabled people to settle here. The aquarium was a stunning display of fish from across the world and an opportunity to learn about marine biology. The highlights of the trip were the penguins, the sea cow (Manatee) and tropical fish. Given that this was our last evening in Genoa we took the students out for a special meal consisting of international cuisine. Students tried Japanese sushi, Chinese and Italian foods. We were especially impressed with Mohammed who tried something new each night and who has developed a taste for seafood which he had not tried before. Tom Carter