Young scientists

Young scientists

Real science, real students!

Year 6 students from Lab_13 at Irchester Primary School got in touch with us to tell us what they've been up to. Have a look at their video!

The Lab_13 students want to tell you all about the video, so here they are!


At Lab_13 we, the students, are in charge of our science learning! For our science week we thought it would be a great time to introduce the rest of the school to Lab_13.  So, we divided Year 6 into groups and asked them to come up with ideas for experiments that would help the other years learn. Each Year had a specific topic like Electricity, Habitats, and Sound. Even Foundation stage got to come up and have a go at Bubble science!

Every idea was great and we picked the best ones to show the students. This is what two of our year 6's had to say about the experiment they had designed. They also showed these to the guests of our launch and all the parents who came to see Lab_13 after the Science Gold Award Prize-giving!

Emily Alderson Year 6

"I decided to do a human circuit that I designed myself. I got a number of students visiting to hold hands whilst the two end people held on to a wire connected to a buzzer. You could hear a buzzing noise coming from the buzzer when every ones hands were connected. But when someone let go of another person's hand, the buzzing noise stopped. So what happened was; electricity needs to travel through flesh and fluid to make a full circuit. If you touch someone's clothing, it won't buzz because there is no flesh or fluid to travel through. We made a Human Switch!"

Laura Henson Year 6

"I did an experiment on snail eating habits; I put some snails in 5 tubs with three different types of leafs in them spiky leafs, red leafs and some normal green leafs. I found that they won't eat the red ones because they have a chemical (anthocyanins) in them that protects them from the sun but also doesn't taste nice. So they won't eat the spiky ones or the red ones just the normal green ones.  And that's how plants can protect themselves from being eaten!"

The week was a lot of hard work but we are very glad that everyone came, enjoyed and learned something new about science! We hope you enjoy our noisy video!"

Be a scientist!

Have the Lab_13 pupils inspired you to carry out your own investigation? Have a look at our experiments for some ideas!

You can keep up-to-date with Lab_13 by visiting their blog.