When asked to name a famous scientist, 39% of teenagers named Isaac Newton and 29% named Albert Einstein. But less commonly known is that both are believed to have had Asperger’s Syndrome. We believe science should be for everyone, so our new Sensory Science project creates a space where children with learning disabilities can be part of an amazing experience that enables them to discover the world of science through play, exploration and creativity.
We bring a dynamic pairing of a scientist and a drama or art professional to deliver a creative and engaging workshop, where young people take part in entertaining experiments. The programme helps young people to engage with science, boosting self-esteem, improving communication skills and creating a memorable learning experience that can inspire them to pursue an interest in science. In workshop lasting up to 60 minutes, young people are able to take part in up to five entertaining experiments. These are conveyed as part of a story to ease transitions between the different elements, creating focus and attention.
Each workshop is tailored to the specific needs of the young people and we have a bank of experiments that can be adapted for each group. An example session could include a trip to space; going up by racing balloon rockets in teams (to show how a rocket works and to demonstrate Newton’s third law of motion), arriving on a planet of our choice, exploring the planet with various experiments to learn more about its make-up, listening for new sounds using a confusaphone (practical experiment to demonstrate how sound reaches the ear in stereo), investigating our sense of touch with a selection of glovescontaining different hidden objects, which the children try to identify using their fingers alone, and finally returning back to earth with a chemistry rocket experiment, seeing just how explosive and exciting the combination of baking soda and vinegar can be. The sessions are a real delight for all the senses. Truthful to our philosophy, we help and encourage the children to ask their own questions throughout the sessions, and the theme can develop accordingly, making it responsive and curiosity driven.
Will you help us?
We need your help! Can you volunteer at one of our Sensory Science sessions? Can you help us devise and develop content? Can you help us fundraise to cover the £500 cost each project costs to deliver? If your answer is yes then please contact Katie.