3 lesson ideas for great fun, outdoor science

Pond Dipping

There’s a world of amazing nature lurking just beneath the surface of the water, ready for you to discover This activity is about finding pond minibeasts, taking a closer look at them and identify them.

You will need

  • Pond dipping net
  • Gratnells tray to put your finds in so that you can observe them more closely
  • Pictures of pond creatures to help you identify them.

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Egg Drop Challenge

The egg drop challenge is to create a container that will protect an egg from cracking or breaking when falling from height. You can make this as simple or complex as you want depending on the amount of time you have and the ages of students you are working with

You can use anything you want! Listed below are just some examples of materials you could use.

  • cardboard tubing
  • newspaper
  • old boxes
  • paper
  • tape, glue, rubberbands
  • ice-lolly sticks
  • straws
  • feathers
  • cottonballs

If you know the height of the drop, you can then calculate the speed of the fall when you use a millisecond timer.

Soil Testing

You can help make outdoor science even more fun, even if you have limited space. All you need is access to soil and a soil test kit from Philip Harris. From schools in urban environments to schools in more rural settings, all you need for soil testing is access to soil in a couple of different conditions (e.g dry soil, damp soil, shaded soil) Readings of the soil can then be analysed and presented back to the class.