The Best 100 Experiments
In 2013, The MacDiarmid Institute in conjunction with The New Zealand Teachers Council, launched a competition to find the The Best 100 Science Experiments for Kiwi classrooms. Primary School teachers from around the country entered their experiments, with the chance of winning a place in the “Experiment Bank”. The competition will run again next year, with 100 experiments being the end goal. The Institute is in the process of building a database of the experiments which will be available to download from the The Learning Hub. The judges were looking for simple, fun, fail-safe experiments which used readily available equipment. Congratulations to the following teachers, who submitted excellent experiments and won an iPad for both themselves and their classrooms. Alyson Ailslabie from Chelsea School in Birkenhead, Auckland for her experiment about Calcium Chloride Jenni Gilbertson from Ohakune Primary School for an exciting experiment which produces translucent eggs Joanne Bates from Richmond Early Learning Centre in Nelson for an experiment titled “Green Eggs and Ham” Kerry Guard from Hawera Intermediate School for “Elephant Toothpaste” Paul Buckton from Wairau Valley Special School for a physics experiment using pulleys “The Institute is committed to engendering a passion for science and innovation across New Zealand society. We want to work with teachers at all levels to identify the needs of the community and to help foster and develop a love and understanding of science. We believe that capturing the minds and imaginations of children is the best place to start laying the foundation of curiosity that is at the heart of all scientific endeavour.” says Institute Director Kate McGrath. “These experiments will help to do that, so we would like to thank all the successful entrants for being engaged and passionate about science.”
Students from Chelsea School reacting to a cool science experiment!
Joanne Bates with children from Richmond Early Childhood Centre