fbpx
Rockets-500.jpg

Make your own bottle rockets!

All you need is: a piece of plastic plumbing tube (very cheap in any DIY store), a short piece of hose-pipe, an empty lemonade bottle, some paper, glue and Sellotape.

To make the rocket: roll a piece of A4 paper around the plastic tube. Use glue to keep the paper rolled up but do not stick it to the plastic tube! Push the paper over the end of the plastic tube so that you can fold the end over and stick it down with plenty of Sellotape. Take it off the plastic tube and that’s your rocket done…it’s that simple! You can decorate it if you like.

To make the rocket launcher: attach the hose to the neck of the bottle, again use plenty of tape to make sure no air can escape around the sides of the hose. Stick the plastic tube on the other end of the hose and make sure it is well sealed too. Your rocket launcher is ready to go.

To launch the rocket: Find an outside space that has plenty of room for a safe launch. Make sure the rocket can’t hit anyone or end up in a road. Slide the paper rocket onto the plastic tube. If you STOMP on the bottle, the air inside will be squashed and will rush through the tube under high pressure. This will make the rocket fly up in the air. You may want to get someone else to hold the tube so that you can get a really big stomp!



Elf-science-needs-you-500-1.jpg

Christmas has arrived in the Fab Science lab!

We have a handful of dates left this year for a last minute bit of festive science. Book a ‘naughty elf’ workshop as a Christmas treat for your class. They can try out some real chemistry to sort out Mrs Christmas’ mixed up biscuit mixes and turn their hand to forensics to identify the naughty elf!

1 workshop = £150

2 workshops = £250

3 workshops = £325

4 or 5 workshops = £400

…this works out at just £80 per class or £2.67 per child!

Each workshop is for one class and is usually an hour (but can be flexible to fit around the school day). Multiple workshops must be on same day to take advantage of discounted prices. Can be adapted to work for Key Stage 1 or 2. Prices are valid within 1 hour travel time of the Fab Science lab (Bishop’s Stortford), please get in touch for a quote if you’re further away.

Available December dates are: Monday 2nd, Thursday 5th, Monday 9th, Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th, Monday 16th.

Don’t forget we offer Fab workshops all year round. You can choose from curriculum-linked sessions for just one class or wow the whole school with an enrichment day such as Potty Potions – a Hogwarts-themed chemistry class. Every event is designed by a qualified science teacher to be 100% fun and 100% educational. Click here to go to our schools page for details.

If you would like to book a visit from Fab Science, either for our Christmas special or later in the year, please get in touch. Call 07799 624777 or email schools@fabscience.co.uk and we’ll talk you through the options.

Fab Science Elf with test tubes

 

 


Ri-grant-500.png

The Royal Institution offers a grant of £500 for schools to receive visits from a range of STEM enrichment providers. Applications open Friday 11th October and close on Monday 4th November. Successful schools will be able to choose a visit from any provider listed in the STEM directory.

Fab Science is a member of the STEM Directory so we could bring a whole day of hands on activities to your school. We offer theme days with a big emphasis on practical work and real world science…with good dose of awe and wonder thrown in! We cover the East of England, London and the South East. If you are out of this area, visit the STEM Directory to find a provider near you.


Choose from Potty Potions (Hogwarts themed chemistry), Fantastic Forces (air pressure and rockets), Sweetie Science (great for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory literacy links) and Fab Forensics. We also have a range of curriculum-linked workshops for specific year groups such as a gruesome tour of the digestive system for Year 4 or Geology Rocks for Year 3. See our schools page for all the options. We can often adapt our sessions to fit your topic or science week theme, get in touch to chat about what we can do for your school.

Our activities are carefully designed by an experienced science teacher to enhance your science curriculum and maximise opportunities for hands on experimenting. Each session is led by two presenters (at least one of whom will be a qualified teacher), we bring all the kit and even do the washing up. A teacher’s guide is included, with information on the activities, background science and ideas for follow-up work in the classroom. This allows teachers to fully experience the workshop with their class…no need to take notes!

We can do up to 5 sessions in a day, this could be hands on sessions for 5 classes or an assembly for the whole school followed by 4 workshops for individual classes. For the grant application, a larger number of children taking part is preferable (ie, the whole school). We offer discounts for multiple day bookings to allow larger schools to have hands on workshops for all of their classes. If you obtain a grant, we are happy to invoice for any extra sessions separately and you could still take advantage of the discount.


To apply for the grant, visit https://www.rigb.org/education/stem-grants during the application window. If you plan to apply for funding for a visit from Fab Science, please get in touch if you would like any help with the application.


space-week-gif-500.gif

World Space Week runs from the 4th to the 10th of October each year and this year the theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars”.

Why October? You might think this week was picked as every other date has been earmarked for such special occasions as World Television Day, British Pie Week and Christmas Jumper Day. But no, the 4th of October is a special anniversary in space exploration. This was the date in 1957 when Sputnik 1, the first human-made satellite was launched into space. Happy birthday Sputnik!


Space activities from NASA

Check out NASA’s special website just for kids. They’ve put together all sorts of interesting facts and fun activities for budding space scientists. From instructions to build your own spacecraft to how to weigh a planet…there’s plenty to keep you busy for Space Week and beyond.

You can also find out about Space Week activities by visiting the World Space Week website and looking out for #WorldSpaceWeek or #WSW on social media. Find out about life on the International Space Station in this interview with Tim Peake.

Be a star-gazer

You don’t even need a telescope to see stars and planets in the night sky. With just your own eyes you can see things that are thousands of lightyears away. If you want to find out more about what you can see or would like some things to spot you can try these websites:

Jodrell Bank’s website updates every month to give you ideas of things to look for. It’s not the most exciting website ever but worth a look!

The Schools Observatory gives detailed positions of interesting features each day. This is particularly good for planet-spotting!

You may spot the International Space Station on it’s regular trip around the Earth. It looks a bit like a plane flying across the sky but it doesn’t have any flashing lights. It’s also travelling around 30 times faster than an aeroplane. Check out NASA’s Spot the Station website to find out where it is right now.

 

What do you weigh on Mars?

Your weight is the amount of force that is pulling you down to earth. This is a combination of your mass (the amount of ‘stuff’ that you are made of) and gravity. Your mass stays the same wherever you are but your weight would change if you go to a different planet or the moon. This is because a smaller planet has less gravitational pull than a big planet. You can work out your weight on different planets by multiplying your weight on Earth by the following numbers:

For the Moon – multiply by 0.16 (you’d feel very light, this is why astronauts can jump so high). Mercury and Mars – multiply by 0.3, Venus – multiply by 0.9, Jupiter – multiply by 2.3 (you’d feel very heavy!), Uranus – multiply by 0.8, Neptune – multiply by 1.1. Saturn’s gravity is very similar to Earth so your weight would be about the same.

Note for super scientists: weight is actually measured in newtons, it is mass that is measured in kilograms. To convert from kilograms to newtons you need to multiply by gravity which is around 9.8 on Earth. So if your mass is 28kg, your weight is 274N. Your mass is still 28kg wherever you are in the universe but your weight would change.

Make your own bottle rockets!

All you need is: a piece of plastic plumbing tube (very cheap in any DIY store), a short piece of hose-pipe, an empty lemonade bottle, some paper, glue and Sellotape.

To make the rocket: roll a piece of A4 paper around the plastic tube. Use glue to keep the paper rolled up but do not stick it to the plastic tube! Push the paper over the end of the plastic tube so that you can fold the end over and stick it down with plenty of Sellotape. Take it off the plastic tube and that’s your rocket done…it’s that simple! You can decorate it if you like.

To make the rocket launcher: attach the hose to the neck of the bottle, again use plenty of tape to make sure no air can escape around the sides of the hose. Stick the plastic tube on the other end of the hose and make sure it is well sealed too. Your rocket launcher is ready to go.

To launch the rocket: Find an outside space that has plenty of room for a safe launch. Make sure the rocket can’t hit anyone or end up in a road. Slide the paper rocket onto the plastic tube. If you STOMP on the bottle, the air inside will be squashed and will rush through the tube under high pressure. This will make the rocket fly up in the air. You may want to get someone else to hold the tube so that you can get a really big stomp!



Party-bags-500.jpg

At Fab Science we want to create the perfect party for your young scientist…right down to the party bags!

We have three options to choose from; standard, premium and a special one for Harry Potter potions parties. We bring the party bags along to your party, ready filled and left open for you to add the cake.


Standard party bag – £4.50

Each bag contains:

  • a mini experiment kit – pH indicator paper to try out some kitchen science
  • rainbow glasses – make all lights look like rainbows!
  • a test tube full of jelly beans
  • a ping pong ball – to recreate one of the experiments from the party
  • a glow stick
  • ideas of experiments to try at home

Premium party bag – £7.50

Encourage every guest to carry on experimenting at home with their very own science goggles! The premium party bags also include some very cool ‘rattle’ magnets, a mini experiment kit, rainbow glasses, a test tube full of jelly beans, a ping pong ball, a glow stick and ideas of experiments to try at home.

Potions party bag – £6

Perfect for a Harry Potter potions party! Young witches and wizards can make a note of all their spells and potions in a Hogwarts notebook. Make sure muggles can’t read your spells by writing with the special ‘magic’ pen. This pen writes in invisible ink and has a UV light in the lid so that only you can read it! The party bags also contain a mini experiment kit, rainbow glasses, a test tube full of jelly beans, a ping pong ball, a glow stick and ideas of experiments to try at home.



Hoop-Awards-2019-Winner-Badge-500.png

We’re so excited to announce that Fab Science camps have been voted the Best Holiday Club in our region in the 2019 Hoop Awards!

Our team have run nearly 200 camps, been visited by thousands of young scientists and hopefully inspired many of them to get stuck into science. We always aim to make each camp 100% fun, while being educational, interesting and inspiring the children to learn more. All of our Fab Scientists are passionate about including every child and encouraging exploration and experimentation in every activity. We know that we make every event the best it can be so we’re incredibly proud that this has been recognised in the Hoop Awards.

We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our lovely customers who voted for us in this award and who continue to support our camps and events.

 


strawberries-500.jpg

All living things* have DNA; animals, plants, fungi, even teeny tiny bacteria. It’s what makes us who we are. At ‘All About Me’ camps, we made models of DNA and also had a look at some real DNA that we extracted from strawberries. There were lots of requests for instructions on how to do this at home so here is the recipe!

You need:

  • Two strawberries
  • Surgical spirit (available in any chemist)
  • Washing up liquid
  • Table salt
  • Ziplock bag (use pestle and mortar to avoid using plastic bag)
  • Plastic cups or beakers
  • Small glass (shot glass would be ideal)
  • Small sieve or tea strainer
  • Tweezers or cocktail sticks

 

What to do:

  1. Put the surgical spirit in the freezer at least an hour before you start. Leave it there until step 8.
  2. Remove the leaves from the strawberries and put the fruits in the bag.
  3. Mash the strawberries! This is the fun bit…don’t break the bag though. You can squash the strawberries in a pestle and mortar (or bowl and spoon!) instead to avoid plastic waste.
  4. To make the extraction mixture which will break open the cells and let the DNA escape: measure 90ml water into a beaker or cup, add a teaspoon of salt and two teaspoons of washing up liquid. Stir slowly…we want it mixed but not bubbly.
  5. Add 4 teaspoons of the extraction mixture to your bag of mashed up strawberries. Mix GENTLY.
  6. Sieve the strawberries into a clean beaker.
  7. Pour this into your small glass. The DNA is now free in the mixture instead of being stuck inside cells but it is VERY thin so we can’t see it.
  8. Carefully pour some cold surgical spirit on top of the strawberry liquid. You should see a cloudy white layer appear, this the DNA! The alcohol makes it clump together so you can see it. You can pull this out with tweezers or a cocktail stick to have a proper look.

 

*All cellular life on Earth has DNA. Some viruses have another molecule called RNA instead but it’s a bit of tricky question to decide if viruses are actually alive anyway. Of course, we don’t know if any lifeforms that may exist on other planets have DNA or something else entirely.


Halls-for-hire-Hertford-500.png

When you book your birthday party, there are so many things to think about: food, entertainment (Fab Science obviously!), party bags, guest lists, decorations…the list goes on! And where are you going to have all this fun? Here are some venue options if you don’t fancy having it at home. We aim to keep this list updated but please let us know if you spot any problems. 

Hertford Methodist Church Hall

Nice hall with easy access to outside space for exploding lemonade! Plenty of parking and a small, enclosed courtyard. Note that although the address is Ware Road, the car park is accessed from Townshend Street (which is one way so go via Railway Street). Contact for bookings: Chris Lawn — 01992 552669

Sele Community Centre

This is a nice, modern hall and you can book just half or both sections. Plenty of parking and nice kitchen. Morning or afternoon session – £65 whole hall, £35 one section. Email janet.guinn@yahoo.co.uk  or call 07904 340951. Website www.selefarmcomunitycentre.co.uk.

Hornsmill Community Centre

Very nice hall but limited parking and a bit tricky to find! £10 per hour. For enquiries, email hornsmillcommunitycentre@gmail.com. Online booking only. Website www.hornsmill.co.uk

Port Vale Scout Hut

Quite modern for a scout hut! Parking is OK, just make sure you come into Port Vale via Beane Road as the town end of Port Vale doesn’t connect to this bit! Contact 01992 302444 or email Jan: hallhire@3rdhertford.org.uk.

Waterford Village Hall

Older style hall but has a park and field right outside. Good for rocket launching!  Morning or afternoon hire is £75 at weekends or Monday to Thursday is £47. Waterford and Stapleton residents will receive reduced rates. (£50 or £28). Contact 07584 123958 (Monday-Friday 5-8pm only) or email waterfordvillagehall@gmail.com. Website www.waterfordvillagehall.co.uk.

St John’s Church Hall, Hertford

Older style hall with more modern kitchen. £17.50 per hour and parking for 15 cars. Contact  07538 141853 or email hall@stjohnshallhertford.org.  Can book online from the website www.allsaintshertford.org/hall.

Hunsdon Village Hall

Self-contained rear garden; part paved, part lawn. Limited parking but usually plenty of high street parking. Hire charges – weekdays £12 per hour. Weekends £15 per hour. Additional £10 per 4 hours to hire kitchen. Contact bookings@hunsdonvillagehall.org or visit www.hunsdonvillagehall.org.

Tonwell Village Hall

£10 per hour. Contact 07795 985551 or email tonwellvillagehall@gmail.com

Standon and Puckeridge Community Centre

Contact 07854 916404 or email info@standonandpuckeridgecc.co.uk for information and hire rates.

3rd Ware Scout Hut

For enquiries, email bookings@3rdwarescouts.org.uk. Website www.3rdwarescouts.org.uk.

Thundridge Village Hall

Small carpark. Monday to Friday and Sun – £42 for 4 hours hire. (£28 for residents). Saturday 10:30-1 -£40 (£28 residents) or 1-6pm – £65. (£40 residents). Contact 01920 467152. Website www.thundridge-wadesmill.co.uk.

Booking your Fab Science party: get in touch with us first to check dates. We’re always happy to hold a date for a few days while you check out venues. 


Halls-for-hire-Stortford-500.png

When you book your birthday party, there are so many things to think about: food, entertainment (Fab Science obviously!), party bags, guest lists, decorations…the list goes on! And where are you going to have all this fun? Here are some venue options if you don’t fancy having it at home. We aim to keep this list updated but please let us know if you spot any problems. 

Ugley Village Hall

We like this hall as it has a verandah outside…perfect for exploding lemonade even if it’s raining! You can hire both rooms so have a separate space for the food and there’s plenty of parking. £6 an hour for small hall, £10 an hour for larger one. Contact 01279 814052 to book.

Great Hallingbury Village Hall

This hall has a huge field attached, great for summer picnics…and even has enough space for rocket launching! Decent kitchen, separate room for food and oodles of parking. £10 per hour. Contact 01279 651757 to book.

Bishop’s Park Community Centre

Choice of halls and you can book the garden too which is nice in the summer. Plenty of parking in Tesco carpark and handy having Tesco next door for anything that gets forgotten! Kitchen and tables are shared between both halls. Club room £9.38 an hour, main hall £13.13, garden £7. Book via Town Council: 01279 715004 or click here for online booking.

Thorley Community Centre

Two halls with shared kitchen. Close to a field so may be able to try a rocket launch and next door to the pub for the grown-ups to recover after the party! Plenty of parking. Small hall £8 an hour, large hall £13. Only available on Sunday afternoons as they have regular bookings all day on Saturday and Sunday morning. www.thorleycommunitycentre.co.uk

Markwell Pavilion

Two halls, each with its own kitchen. Nice central location (it’s in Castle Gardens) but parking can be tricky. You can usually park one car next to the venue but all guests would have to park in town and walk over. Main hall £10.50 and hour, Elsie Barrett Clubroom (smaller but still good size) £9 an hour, both together £16. Book via the Town Council: 01279 715004 or click here for online booking.

Parsonage Lane Hall

You have the park right outside which is great for keeping kids entertained while you are setting up! Plenty of parking. £11 an hour. Click here for website.

St Michael’s Mead Community Centre

Small hall is suitable for parties up to around 15 children and has its own kitchen. It also has a door opening straight out onto a small garden area. The main hall is huge! Great for big parties and has a large kitchen. Plenty of parking. Main hall £20 an hour, small hall £10 an hour.

Little Hadham Village Hall

Large hall with a park and huge field next door (enough space to launch rockets!), plenty of parking and a good sized kitchen. £18 an hour (£15 for village residents). Click here for website and online calendar or email lhvhbooking@gmail.com.

St John’s Hall (Stansted)

Big hall with a good kitchen. Parking can be a bit tricky, especially if there’s a church service or wedding on! £9-£10 per hour, contact st.johns.church@btinternet.com or click here for website.

Hockerill Scout Hut

Not the most beautiful or modern of buildings as it’s a Scout hut but it’s a big space with a decent kitchen. Bit tricky to find as it’s down a tiny little lane off Heath Row. Contact for booking: 01279 863789 or email valerie.judge@1stbishopsstortford.org.uk

Manuden Village Hall

A bit pricey at £26 an hour but a bright, modern, large hall. Full catering kitchen, plenty of parking and outside space. Click here for website.

Havers Community Centre

Two halls which can be made into one large space by folding back the dividing wall. Parking is a bit limited. Main hall £10.20 per hour, small hall £8.20 or both for £16.40. Book via the Town Council: 01279 715004 or click here for online booking.

Albury Village Hall

Beautiful building with children’s play area outside, modern kitchen and parking. £17 per hour (£12 for Albury residents). Click here for website.

Farnham School Hall

This is a school hall but self-contained with it’s own kitchen and toilet. It’s a bright, modern hall and having the playground is great for keeping kids entertained while you’re setting up. There’s enough room for rocket launching in the playground too! Call 01279 771339 or email admin@farnham.essex.sch.uk for bookings.

Booking your Fab Science party: get in touch with us first to check dates. We’re always happy to hold a date for a few days while you check out venues. 

 


Giant-tetrahedron-kids-500-e1547478336383.jpg

We’re super excited to launch our Awesome Engineering camps for February half term. We’ll be testing out different shapes and materials to find out how to make super strong structures…and testing them to destruction! Then we’ll all work as a team to make a MASSIVE pyramid. This will be over 4 metres high and we can all get inside it!

The camp is suitable for children aged 5-12. The children will be grouped with other kids of a similar age and our Fab Scientists are always ready to support them and encourage them to explore. If you are booking with friends, just let us know that you would like the children to be grouped together.

When and where?

Monday 18th February: Cambridge – Queen Edith School

Tuesday 19th February: Saffron Walden – R A Butler School

Wednesday 20th February: Bishop’s Stortford – Hillmead School

Thursday 21st February: Hertford – St Joseph’s in the Park School

Friday 22nd February: St Albans – Garden Fields School

All camps run 10am to 3pm, with a chance for parents to come and share the children’s discoveries at 2:50pm.

Any questions?

You can find out all about our camps on our main camps page. If there’s anything else that we can help with, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

Ready to book?

You can book and pay via our online booking system (click here). Camps cost £32 per day and we offer a discount for siblings booking together.

We look forward to seeing your awesome engineers at Awesome Engineering!

Giant tetrahedron
Here are our Fab Scientists inside the giant pyramid. Believe it or not, we fitted 30+ children inside (when we got out!).