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Community Partners Take On Shoestring Science 2017

After three weeks of preparation, planning, and then delivering their Shoestring Science work with our primary students, our Year 9s were visited by our Community Partners from Tran Quoc Toan.

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The students had to plan and teach a lesson to the students from Tran Quoc Toan, but with a catch; the lesson and resources must cost less than VND 120k (approximately 5 USD) to put together. The lesson plans and resources were shared with the school so that they could continue to use the resources in the lessons.

“The financial part, got us more into critical thinking and how we can save money, I thought that this would be useful in everyday life.”

Many of our students were impressed with the level of Science the visiting students had, but were surprised that they had not done many practical activities. Our visitors loved having the opportunity to learn Science by racing drinks cans using static electricity, creating giant bubbles and much more.

“The best part of the project was when the children went WHOOOOOOAAA!! when the oil floated up the water.”

It was valuable for BIS HCMC students too, who used the opportunity to work in a team, organise their time, use problem-solving skills to find cheap items and communicate a scientific concept effectively. They also used their experiences to reflect on how people learn best and how they could apply this to their own learning.

 “The project itself is already one of the best part of my school year. I enjoyed the fact that the kids, but also us, the Year 9 students, had fun.”

We will be in contact with Tran Quoc Toan in the coming months to see if they are using the resources in their Science lessons.

Here are a few words to describe what everyone thought of the project!

Matthew Lambert, Head of Science

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