In a time honoured tradition English Class fifth graders, together with the rest of the fifth graders at Cygnaeus School, headed for the Heureka Science Centre in Vantaa early one morning this week. “Play is the highest form of research,” words originally uttered by Albert Einstein, greeted the pupils on banners when they arrived at the centre. These words truly took on life of their own during the course of the day as pupils participated in exhibits, did hands-on experiments and explored the fascinating exhibits throughout the centre.
The permanent main exhibition in Cylinder Hall never fails to engage the interest of visitors. There are all sorts of interactive exhibits that demonstrate the laws of motion, simple machines, laws of buoyancy and laws of physics relating to light and electricity.
Favourite exhibits in the main exhibition include the Foucault Pendulum and the tightrope bicycle seen in the video clip above where one of our fifth graders pedals along the tightrope.
In addition to exploring the main exhibition, the fifth graders observed trained rats playing basketball in laboratory conditions. While the rats focused on their game, an intendent told the audience how the rats are trained and about rats in general.
Some English Class fifth graders even made their own bioplastic, which is a plastic that is made from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, or microbiota. Bioplastic can be made from agricultural by-products and also from used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms, according to Wikipedia. Some pupils immortalized their own faces on a coin and learned about the production of money and its qualitative characteristics. In the afternoon the fifth graders watched an informative film in the planetarium about the desperate plight of pandas.
The relatively new exhibition called Viral!! had all kinds of infectious stuff that pupils could relate to, from common viruses to demonstrations, to social memes -and even ideas. Viral phenomena are everywhere! What is going to catch on next?
Before going home some pupils found their way to Science Park Galilei which is outside the Heureka Centre. There, too, all sorts of things can be deduced which playing and investigating. It was a phenomenally fun-filled school day, chock full of rich learning experiences. The English Class fifth graders and their teacher, Ms. Virpi, want to take this opportunity to thank Cygnaeus School’s Parents Association who worked hard to sponsor this annual activity for our school’s fifth graders.