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Shoestring Science 2018

25 May 2018

After weeks of planning, preparation and trial lessons with BIS Year 5 children, our Year 9 students had the opportunity to teach their lessons to Year 6 students from Tran Quoc Toan (TQT) school.

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One of the most effective learning habits we can develop in our students is metacognition, being aware of our own thinking.  Asking the Year 9 students to consider how they would best teach a scientific concept puts the students in a position where they have to consider the challenges and how best to explain it.  We even made it more complicated, the cost of the lesson had to be less thank 120k VND (approximately 5 USD).

I have learned that people learn best when they try things for themselves and ask questions about parts they don't understand, rather than just pushing in information.

There were a huge range of activities, from non-Newtonian fluids, to Einsteinian gravity to plastics from milk. The students explained their concepts with clarity and enthusiasm and were excellent ambassadors for the school.

I realised that people learn best by watching and doing it themselves. When they do a hands-on activity or something they can experience, they seem to understand the product better.

The TQT students were bubbling with enthusiasm and quality scientific explanations, both of which they had picked up from our Year 9 students. They had clearly taken more away than their bags of slime. The resources created by the Year 9s will be shared with the school for future use.

Ms. Hang, the Headteacher of Tran Quoc Toan said:

TQT school is really thankful for all the activities we had with the school during the time. The kids were really excited when hearing about the participation with BIS in Shoestring Event. Especially, after the event, they have a really good impression about all the activities. I hope that we can continue with the meaningful event in the future!

Matthew Lambert, Head of Science