Design and technologies

Coloured tinfoil shaped into boats floating on pond

Tin foil boats

We, at Little Scientists, had quite a bit of coloured tinfoil left over from the Easter eggs. And lots of very pretty boats started appearing. The designs varied, some of them floated whilst others didn’t. So we designed a challenge – build a boat from a piece of 30 cm by 30 cm tinfoil that can carry as many marbles as possible.

Table laid out with eggs an devices used to help them float to the ground

Egg challenge

Training Manager Heike tells us why the egg challenge is one of her favourite engineering experiences. She loves observing children the moment the egg hits the ground. Did it survive?

magnet with nuts , bolts and washers stuck to it


You know we love talking about magnets. But it’s quite the polarising topic… If you are attracted by magnets, we encourage you to dive right in and explore what they can do with the children while introducing some new STEM vocabulary…

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