This is a co-educational school 11–18 located in Broom Rd, Teddington TW11 9PJ.
Our first donation, of £200, went to Teddington School for materials for their end of 2018 summer term “pupil challenges” for year 7 and 8 students (11-13 year-olds). These were a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects, in their lessons in the last 2 weeks of the summer term. They were designing and testing flood-resistant housing, and water filtration systems. Needed for the exercises were things like blocks, coarse and fine gravel, sand, Plasticine, cling film, foil, cotton wool etc for around 450 students. It was hoped donations would come from parents, but when little came in, it was feared they’d have to cancel the project.
An extract from the article in their “School News” of 13th July 2018, is reproduced here, edited for clarity.
Our Second donation to Teddington School, also £200 but spread through the 2018-2019 year, was for materials for their weekly Science Club for year 7 and 8 students – this is run by Science teachers during their lunchtime and is attended by around 12-15 students each week during term time. Therefore, there are approaching 40 STEM Club meetings in total.
Some of the titles, and some feedback from three of the students:
Chemical magic: water into wine
Foam Fire Extinguisher
Bouncing Custard Balls
Bubbles that don’t pop
Marshmallows making funny faces
Hand gel warmers
Investigating Smarties and M&Ms
Bouncing Custard Balls
Spring Term 2019
Year 10 students have joined in with their younger friends to help with some of the tasks. Here they're making electric motors:
We'll be keen to hear and see what else they get up to, with the help of some of our donations!
April 2019, and the fun continues
This term our young Scientists have been busy each Tuesday lunchtime doing lots of fun Science investigations and discussing the theory behind these. We have seen them creating spaghetti towers, growing chilli plants, making conducting playdough, having a go at the Steve Spangler bubble snakes and last, but not least, making their own glue and comparing whether semi- skimmed or skimmed milk leads to the strongest glue… no doubt this led to some fierce competition when testing whose glue was the strongest!
Science club members have also been lucky enough to see Mr Taylor and Mr Pearce, in an all-time first for the Teddington Science Department, demonstrating the jaw-dropping Prince Rupert’s drops shattering into hundreds of pieces, not to mention lots of other amazing demonstrations! All this is possible thanks to the brilliant Richmond Science Society’s funding, which we are very grateful for. A huge thank you also to our year 10 students who help to run the club every single week.
If you are a budding Scientist or just looking to be inspired with some super Science… please join us every Tuesday lunchtime 12:50-13:15 in Lab 2. Word on the grapevine is that the good old Van De Graaf generator is making a comeback very soon, as well as lots of new experiments alongside the classics!