This month in primary schools around Ireland, children are being invited to investigate the science behind simple questions that interest and excite them for Science Blast 2020. Here at Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare, we love exploring the science involved in physical activity, wellbeing, and nutrition. To help your class or family get involved, we have come up with some fun ideas about how you can investigate movement and how the science of friction helps!
Friction always slows a moving object down. For example, when you walk or run, friction occurs between the soles of your shoes and the ground, which most of us never even think about!
Before you start investigating, ask your Super Troopers the following questions:
Ask your children to jog on concrete and then on grass. Which is easier to travel on?
If you live near the beach, ask your children to predict if the sand will be easy or difficult to run on. Which type of sand will cause more fiction, wet or dry?
Set up a small challenge with your children:
The amount of friction created depends on the materials from which the two surfaces are made. The rougher the surface, the more friction is produced.
Why not think of more nutrition or wellbeing questions of your own and challenge your Super Troopers to investigate the science behind it? E.g. Why is going to bed and sleeping so important for our wellbeing? How does the food we eat effect our energy levels or our mood?
To learn more about Science Blast delivered by the RDS and all the exciting research questions being explored by primary schools in Ireland, visit http://www.esbscienceblast.com/