Adapting to Covid-19
All across the UK, children’s entertainers and activity providers are adapting to our current ‘new normal’. All our branch owners have a passion for sharing practical science with children and, whilst we are unable to meet with children face to face, they have adapted to bring practical science into the homes of children across the UK. We can’t wait to be back running science experiments at parties and after school clubs but until then, read on to find out what just some of our different branches have been up to.
Magnetic Milla from Fun Science Sheffield has been running WER robotics clubs online via Zoom. As well as working on coding and robotics, all of the children have been researching the pros and cons of increasing use of connected devices (e.g. smart heating, smart TV, smart doorbells, etc) and they have worked in teams for the last month (via email and online team meet-ups) to prepare a presentation of their findings. They’ll be giving their presentations in online sessions this week – learning lots of useful teamwork, communication and research skills!
You can find our more about World Educational Robotics sessions in Sheffield by clicking here.
Kinetic Kate from Fun Science Dorset has been selling fortnightly Home Science Kits with everything parents need to complete experiments at home. Her home educated groups have also been working hard to complete the experiments and project work needed for the British Science Association CREST awards and they should be receiving certificates in the next few weeks. Some of these are for the CREST STAR award and others are for their Bronze and Silver Project Awards. As part of their award they have been doing investigations into the crispiness and healthiness of crisps. Kinetic Kate has also been posting elements of the day on Facebook and is trying to memorise all the elements of the periodic table – she’s just under halfway there!
West Lancs and Bury/Rochdale
Wacky Jacky, owner of Fun Science West Lancs and Fun Science Bury/Rochdale is hoping to offer socially distant home visits in the near future. These educational visits will bring zero-contact home learning (and entertainment) directly to children’s front gardens whilst following all government guidelines and advice. Jacky hopes that this will re-ignite children’s passion for science and give them a much needed boost during lockdown. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are based in West Lancs, Bury, Rochdale or surrounding areas and interested in a home visit.
Wacky Jacky is also offering home science kits with everything parents need to do experiments at home. Find out more here.
Run by Diatom Dave, Fun Science Cheltenham was due to launch just as lockdown began and Dave is itching to get going running parties, workshops and free assemblies across Cheltenham and Gloucestershire. Even though he is new to the area and new to the business, Dave hasn’t been simply waiting for lockdown to be over. Instead he has been busy behind the scenes and has created social media pages, jam packed with fun science posts, experiments and pictures (click here to sign up to Dave’s weekly roundup)
Diatom Dave is also offering home science kits for families across Gloucestershire so that they can conduct their own experiments at home. All kits come complete with everything you need to do a range of experiments plus links to video and written instructions. Click here to find out more.
Super Sonic Sue from Fun Science Shropshire has been selling home science kits for parents across Telford and surrounding areas. As well as providing a way for children to keep doing practical science at home, Sue says that packing the kits has given her a much needed activity to do each day! If you are based in Shropshire, what better way to support a local business than by having potions and experiments delivered to your door! Click here to find out more.
Exeter and Medway
Run by Energy Edd (Exeter) and Fluorescent Fiona (Medway), these are two of our newest branches. Whilst their launches may have been postponed for now, both branches are posting lots of fun science experiments on their pages and offering postal home science kits to children and families in their local area. Check them out at Fun Science Exeter and Fun Science Medway
Across the UK we have also launched a coding club using the BBC Microbit. You can find out more about this and our home kits by visiting our shop. We have also launched a science hat competition and have been overwhelmed by the amazing hats that we have been receiving from children across the country. The competition is completely free to enter and the prize is 5 different science kits delivered directly to your door.
We can’t wait to get back to doing what we do best and running parties, workshops and clubs for primary school children. But until then, we will continue to support parents and children virtually instead.