Aspiring aviators showcase scientific knowledge

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Tue 5th March 2024

A host of scientific knowledge was showcased by visiting primary school pupils at the David Nieper Academy recently.
The ‘Exploring the Wonders of Science: Year 5 Gifted and Talented Science Day’ saw pupils from various primary schools around the area attending the Alfreton academy for the day.
Mr Dinh at the academy said: “In the realm of education, there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as witnessing young minds light up with curiosity and excitement.
“This sentiment was particularly palpable during the recent Year 5 Gifted and Talented Science Day at David Nieper Academy, where budding scientists unleashed their creativity and ingenuity through a series of captivating experiments.
“We welcomed children from various primary schools around the area, and we showed them what it’s like at the academy.
“From mastering the art of paper planes to engineering mini helicopters, the event was a testament to the limitless possibilities of scientific exploration.
“One of the highlights of the day was looking at different plane models, where children delved into the principles of aerodynamics and design.
“The students were challenged to make very simple aerodynamic planes, which demonstrated a very simple idea of planes back in the day. However, with a very simple moderation of a small flap at the back of the planes, the children had a better insight into how different plane models have developed over the years.
“Continuing their journey through the realms of flight, they embarked on a mission to engineer paper rockets from recycled plastic bottles. With sustainability at the forefront of their minds, participants repurposed discarded materials to construct sleek projectiles capable of soaring to impressive heights.
“Guided by the principles of Newton’s third law of motion, budding engineers meticulously fine-tuned their designs, balancing weight distribution and aerodynamic stability for optimal performance.
“As the countdown commenced, anticipation filled the air, culminating in a crescendo of excitement as rockets launched skyward, propelled by the power of science and innovation.
“In a daring demonstration of engineering prowess, children tackled the age-old challenge of protecting fragile cargo with the egg throw experiment.
“Armed with little more than parachutes and ingenuity, teams endeavoured to safeguard their precious payloads from the perils of gravity’s embrace.
“With meticulous planning and strategic design, participants fashioned contraptions capable of defying descent, ensuring their eggs remained intact amidst the chaos of free fall. Through this hands-on activity, they gained invaluable insights into the physics of impact and the importance of structural integrity in engineering.”

Mr Dinh continued: “Rounding off the day’s activities, aspiring aviators took to the skies with mini helicopter paper experiments. Armed with paper, scissors, and an unwavering spirit of exploration, participants set out to construct miniature marvels capable of defying gravity’s grasp.
“Experimenting with wing length and blade angle, children fine-tuned their designs, harnessing the power of rotational motion to achieve lift and stability. As their creations took flight, guided by the gentle currents of air, participants marvelled at the wonders of aerodynamics and the boundless possibilities of scientific discovery.
“In conclusion, the Year 5 Gifted and Talented Science Day was a resounding success, showcasing the transformative power of hands-on learning and the boundless potential of young minds.
“Through a series of engaging experiments, the Year 5’s not only expanded their scientific knowledge but also cultivated essential skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, and creativity.
“As they continue their journey of exploration, one thing remains abundantly clear: the future of science is in capable hands, poised to soar to new heights of discovery and innovation.”

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