Ros Brain, Deputy Head Teacher in a primary school, recruited four STEM Ambassadors from STEMNET to bring alive the topic of poor sanitation for an activity day in her school.
The children got involved in a range of practical and fun experiments which were relevant not only to the themes of problem solving, filtering and spread of disease but also to PHSE, English and history classes. The day gave children a sense of purpose in learning maths and science, opening their minds and giving them motivation.
"It was perfect! The children and staff were delighted. One child claimed it was the best day of his entire life!" said Ros.
The case study includes a set of four fun experiments that teachers can use to recreate the day in their own classrooms: Camembert cheese, Overflowing cesspits, Water filtration and Spreading deadly diseases.
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