Primary Education

The following activities are scheduled for all levels of primary education (6-12 years), their complexity adapted to each age group:

For further information, you will find the complete and updated list of our activities in the following pdf document: Activity List LABCLUB 2018

Educational Aims

Introduction to Robotics with LEGO WeDo
Let’s build some mechanical animals (crocodiles, birds, lions …) and then program them to respond to stimuli, make sounds or even open their jaws to catch prey. A fun and practical way to combine some elements of mechanics, physics, programming and biology.

Introduction to Programming with SCRATCH
An easy programming language created at MIT and designed for younger students, SCRATCH is very visual and fun but based on the logic of more advanced programming languages. With SCRATCH and just a little imagination we’ll be able to do countless animations, games, music tracks… Besides, we’ll take the opportunity to meet the Raspberry Pi, a low cost credit-card-sized computer developed with the intention of promoting the teaching of computing science in schools.

What the eye can’t see: Observing the microscopic world
We’ll discover lots of tiny animals, plants or biological structures, and we’ll even learn to recognize a counterfeit banknote, getting familiar at the same time with the operation of optical microscopes and the new generation of small, affordable digital microscopes. (Watch video)

Cell Biology
What are cells? How do they work? What are their main parts? We’ll learn it all by playing with cell model puzzles, drawing, doing practical experiments and even building our own DNA molecule.

Zoology for Kids: Animal Diversity and Behaviour
A series of workshops to have an in-depth look at the animal world. We’ll be able to get up close and touch some small animals (invertebrates, reptiles…), and we’ll also learn about their fascinating behavior and physiology through simple experiments and practical activities.

Electronics and creativity with littleBits
A set of small electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for creating sophisticated prototypes, learning, and fun. Each bit has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits in a very intuitive way.

Electric circuits
Batteries, LEDs, wires, motors, switches, buzzers, resistors … we’ll build good old circuits and learn the basics of how electrical current is transmitted.

Squishy Circuits
A new way to explore electricity in a fun, hands-on manner. Using homemade conductive play-dough, which is totally safe and “edible”, we’ll be able to make electrical sculptures that light up, move and make sounds.

What life is made of
We’ll build molecular models with colored spheres in order to know about the molecules and chemical elements that are part of our body. We’ll have a look at the geometric structure of sugars, fats, amino acids, alcohols and many others…

Magnetism, an almost magical force
Here’s the best way to learn the basic principles of magnetism: tinkering and experimenting with magnets. In this workshop we’ll build some small devices and toys with magnets of all kinds.

What color is the light?
Practical workshop full of easy and fun experiments to discover how colors and light work.
We’ll create and mix color rays, play with lenses, prisms and mirrors, and we’ll be awed by all types of optical effects.

Make your own Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscopes look like magical objects, but they are actually full of science inside. The bewitching optical effects that they create are produced thanks to a set of mirrors arranged according to a precise geometry.
In this workshop each participant will build her own real kaleidoscope while wondering how light bounces. What’s the angle of bouncing light? What does it depend upon?

Mad about Chemistry
We’ll explore some all-time classic chemistry experiments: we’ll play with dilutions, densities, state and color changes, acid-base reactions … and the odd explosion.
Science in action to get familiar with measure units and laboratory equipment.

Platonic Solids with Origami
Using the modular Origami technique we will learn to build some of the geometric bodies known as Platonic Solids or regular polyhedra: cubes, tetrahedra, octahedra …
A hands-on, very original workshop in which, combining crafts and geometry perfectly, each participant will build and customize their own multicolored polyhedra.

Educational Aims

  • Introduction to the scientific method: formulating questions and designing experiments
  • Learning English as a communication tool, using task-based methods
  • Introduction to programming languages and mechanics
  • Encouraging interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) also in girls
  • Fostering curiosity, critical thinking and the ability to solve practical problems
  • Learning to work in teams
  • Understanding the variety of life, the similarities between living organisms and the role of the human being as an organism
  • Instilling a respect for nature

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