John Wesley and Benjamin Franklin lived in London at the same time and they were both interested in electricity, John even visited America! It’s John’s journey to America that’s inspired this session led by Gemma Smith, Learning & Community Engagement Officer at John Wesley’s House. John encountered a scary storm on his way there so we’ll be thinking about what materials float and why. You’ll be able to join in with the experiments as we go along, testing materials from around your house. We’ll also explore how the density of materials affects whether they float or not.
Experiment 1: a large bowl/container of water, different materials from around the home e.g. wood (pencil), plastic (old bottle), metal (coin), cork, fruit
Experiment 2: ice cube, water, oil, a glass
Experiment 3: syrup (the syrup should be pre-poured into an old jam jar or other see-through container), water, oil
Links to the Science Curriculum:
KS2 – Materials and their properties
KS3 – Density
Most Suitable for KS2 and KS3 (Grades 2-8) but all ages welcome!
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Watch the full class and demonstration: