The theme for this year’s Science Week was ‘Food- different by design’ looking at food in the future and how we will produce it.
This school year at Novaschool Sunland International we celebrated again the Science Week from Monday 29th of November to Friday 3rd of December. Through it, we are going to develop and grow our proposition of promoting Sustainable Development throughout all our classes, both of Primary and Secondary.
During last week teachers planned lots of interesting projects in order to stimulate students on active and creative learning around the topic of sustainable food.
The programme of this year included:
- Introduction to the subject via a presentation using the PowerPoint “Food different by design” together with the related videos.
- Task assignment: to design and produce a poster in which pupils clearly show to other people in the school what are their innovative ideas about food of the future. The poster should explore the types of food we will be eating in the future or imagine what we could be eating. They could also invent their own future food or device/machine that will make our food in the future.
- Enter a competition: posters will be entered in a school competition on Friday 10th of December where they will be judged based on the following criteria:
– Creativity in approach: innovative angle on the content or creative interpretation of the theme.
– Content: accurate and informative about what they think the food will be like in the future.
– Effective communication: presented and communicated in a clear and engaging way.
- Participation to a series of activities designed by our science teachers as well as all the other subject teachers around the topic of Food of the future to foment and nourish an active and holistic learning on sustainable food.
- Exposure to poster displayed all around the school explaining the Science Week programme.
Amongst the activities carried out during the Science Week 2021 we can mention:
- Year 7 made batteries from lemons as part of their science week activities. We investigated which metals worked best.
- Year 9 have been investigating density in their Science lessons. To tie in with the theme of Science Week (Food- different by design) they have been comparing the densities of different fruit and vegetables and then using this to predict whether they would float or sink on water. We had a lot of fun, laughs and a few students got wet- but in the end, they were learning some important Science skills!
- Year 10 have been using food (milk) to make plastics (casein plastic). This has included looking at ways we can find alternatives to crude oil for making plastic and also how this is biodegradable and hence beneficial for the future of our planet. It was quite messy and smelly at times, but Year 10 thoroughly enjoyed the practical Science sessions and making a useful material from foodstuffs.