Holiday workshops!

We’ve had a busy 2 weeks delivering half term holiday workshops in Grimsby, Barton, Brough and Cottingham. Our themes this holiday were dry ice and slime.

We can have lots of fun with these themes, especially over Halloween! Lots of potion and bubble making! The holiday workshops were 1.5 hours long but full of experiments to keep the childen entertained!

Slime is as popular as ever! And goes very well with the Halloween theme! Have you ever managed to make a bubble this big with your slime?

We’re back in schools this week, delivering more wind energy and states of matter workshops!

Have a good rest of your weekend!

Katie, Carol, Anita and Sarah

The Lab Rascals Team xx

Wales Rally GB

We do love a good public event! We especially love the GB rally, which we have attended for the last 3 years. This year’s event was in Llandudno in Wales.

Wales Rally GB is a stage rally motor sport event and, in 2019, was the 12th round of the World Rally Championship. The event takes place over four days of competition and each day is divided into a number of ‘Special Stages’ which are when the drivers race against the clock for the fastest time. For the rest of the event they have to follow a pre-set schedule on normal public roads to get them to the next check point on time.

Branded as Wales Rally GB since 2003 when the Welsh Government became the principal funding partner, the rally is based out of a central Rally Village with competitive stages throughout north and mid Wales.

Wales Rally GB is organised and promoted by Motorsport UK.

We were invited to provide science entertainment for the school days on Thursday and Friday and also for the general public on the Friday night and Saturday. We were straight into the school days as soon as we arrived and we were incredibly busy making slime and encouraging the children to take part in our dry ice experiments. Slime is always extremely popular and it wasn’t long before we had a queue of around 40 children waiting to make their own slime. Even though it was pretty hectic we made sure we were explaining the science of slime making, so the children are learning, whilst having lots of fun!

Dry ice experiments are also always really popular as we encourage the children to add the dry ice into hot water and universal indicator and tell us what they discover. Dry ice experiments always look impressive! Especially when we add bubbles!

We always have a blast at public events but it’s always incredibly hard work! Seeing the children’s excited faces makes it worthwhile though!

Have a great weekend!

Love Katie, Carol, Anita and Sarah

The Lab Rascals team xxx

The Science of Bath Bombs!

Everyone loves a good bath bomb!  They’re fizzy, colourful and make your bath feel extra special! But did you know there’s some cool science going on as you drop that ball of fizz into your bath? This week we’ve been delivering our bath bomb workshop in Hull, Beverley and Scunthorpe.

Making bath bombs is all about acids and alkalines. Our workshops are aimed at ages 5+ so this is quite a complex topic for the young children but we demonstrate how we can identify acids and alkalis, using substances they recognise and they’re always fascinated.

The acid and alkali combination is what makes that fantastic fizz as you drop the bath bomb into the water. The acid we use is citric acid and our alkaline is sodium bicarbonate. The combination of these 2 ingredients added to water causes a chemical reaction, and gives us that fizz!

But what is citric acid? It’s a relatively weak acid that comes from citrus fruits; lemons, limes and oranges. It’s also added to the outside of fizzy sweets to give them that slightly sour, taste!

Sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking powder is a weak alkaline. If these ingredients are mixed together and then added to water a chemical reaction occurs. The acid and alkaline neutralize the effects of each other. A process called neutralization! Carbon dioxide is formed and this creates rapidly forming bubbles, which is where that fizz comes from! Before the children make the bath bombs we demonstrate this by adding the ingredients to a balloon and watching the carbon dioxide inflate the balloon.

During our workshop the children make 2 bath bombs with a choice of colours and fragrances! The most popular fragrance this week has to be bubblegum! They actually look forward to going home and having a bath!

Thanks to everyone who attended our workshops this week! Next week we have a mixture of volcanoes and slime workshops! See you there!

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Have a great weekend!

Katie, Carol, James, Lauren and Anita

The Lab Rascals Team xxx

Holiday time!!

Our summer holiday workshops are now in full swing! This week we’ve been delivering workshops on volcanoes in Hull and Dry Ice in Beverley. We aim to make our science workshops fun and fully hands-on as we believe children learn better through  play and interactivity. 

The volcanoes workshop is great fun and involves a bit of creativity. We start by finding out what children know about volcanoes and then we discuss the different types of volcanoes on Earth and on other planets and moons. Children are always amazed at the idea of cryovolanoes! They then get to build and design their own volcano! We love the fact that parents always get involved! It sometimes gets very competitive! 

Then it’s time to erupt the volcanoes! We use dry ice and hot water to erupt ours. It looks great and has the added bonus of creating a rumble effect, like an earthquake! We then add in a bit of washing up liquid to create bubble lava, which always gets a big “WOAH”!!

This workshop is also popular in schools when children are studying volcanoes as a topic. More details on our website www.labrascals.co.uk

Today we’ve been at the Parks Children’s centre in Hull providing science fun at a family fun day! We made UV bracelets, slime and provided dry ice experiments. We were incredibly busy with slime being extremely popular as usual.

On Friday we’ll be in Flemingate, Beverley with our dry ice workshop. This is really a lesson on the states of matter, but the children have so much fun with the hands-on experiments they don’t realise they’re learning a fairly complex topic. We have a number of experiments that the children complete themselves after a health and safety briefing. There are always lots of “WOW”moments. 

We’ve got lots more holiday workshops to come over the next couple of weeks in Hull, Beverley and Scunthorpe, including bath bombs, slime, volcanoes and planetarium! Book now to avoid disappointment!

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All of our workshops are available to book for schools. Have a look at our website for more details! www.labrascals.co.uk

Have a great weekend!

Katie, Carol, Lauren, James and Anita

The Lab Rascals Team xx

Half Term Science Fun

It’s been half term for most schools in East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire this week! But there’s no rest for us! We’ve been out and about delivering science workshops!

On Wednesday we were based at Burnby Halls and Gardens for their Community Day. After the terrible weather at the beginning of the week we were happy to see the sun shining!

Burnby Hall belonged to Percy and Katherine Stewart. Between 1906 and 1926, Percy and Katharine completed eight world tours, covering North America and Canada, Africa, India and the Far East, Europe, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands with Percy using his trips to hunt, shoot and fish. He and Katharine brought back souvenirs and trophies which now form the Stewart Museum collection. These are an eclectic mix of statuary, hunting trophies and curiosities.

Katharine died in April 1939 and Percy remained at Burnby Hall for the remainder of his life. He lived until the grand old age of 90, assisted in later life by his faithful housekeeper Miss Tibbott.

Both he and Katharine had no children and decided to leave the estate in trust to the people of Pocklington when they died.

On his death in 1962, these wishes were complied with and the Stewart Trust, established in 1964 was set up to run Burnby Hall Gardens and to administer the Stewart Museum collection.

The gardens feature 2 lakes which hold a national collection of Waterlilies

So it was a stunning location for delivering our slime workshops! We delivered 2 workshops throughout the day, both being fully booked really early in the day! The children made 2 different kinds of slime and learnt the science behind the slime. Everyone had a great time and we had some lovely feedback from the parents.

On Thursday we travelled to Scunthorpe to the Engineering University Technical College, where they hosted a Primary Lego STEM event, for Year 5 pupils. We delivered our LEGO wind energy workshop to a really enthusiastic group of children! They had excellent LEGO building skills and worked really well together in teams.

This was a really successful workshop. All the children really enjoyed it! And so did we!

We’ve spent the rest of the week working on a new Astronomy course we’re putting together, to be delivered in our planetarium. Watch this space!! (see what I did there?)

Have a great weekend!

Katie, Carol, Anita and Lauren

The Lab Rascals Team xx