Jersey Heritage took the science of Elizabeth Castle into the classroom, by delivering 32 free experiment boxes and lesson plans to the Island’s 7 to 11 year olds. ‘Castle Schools’ is the chance to take part in some exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects based on life at Elizabeth Castle. The project has been made possible thanks to support from Ogier and the One Foundation.
- Exploring Air Pressure using an Airzooka – demonstrating some of the forces that are used within the barrels of muskets and cannons.
- Exploring Newton’s Third Law using film canisters – demonstrating the law of action and reaction which happens in both muskets and cannons and also in siege weapons such as Trebuchets or Catapults
- Exploring Gas Nucleation using coke and Mentos – demonstrating the chemical reactions that gunpowder creates to create force to move a musket ball or cannon ball
- Exploring Newton’s Second Law using Lolly sticks to make a catapult – demonstrating the force and acceleration used in catapults and other siege weapons.
- Building blocks – to use to try and build castles and arches.
In June, some lucky schools will have the chance to take part in Castle Schools out at Elizabeth Castle with a series of interactive school sessions with our experts. This project, launched in 2017 is overwhelmingly popular and schools interested in taking part will need to join a waiting list. This project is supported by Ogier.
Castle Schools is part of Jersey Heritage’s Love Your Castle campaign and aims to get Islands to fall back in love with Elizabeth Castle. Helen Otterwell, Learning and Engagement Manager, said:
‘In the past year we have welcomed schools to Elizabeth Castle for a special interactive workshop demonstrating the science, technology, maths and engineering used in building a castle and attacking and defending a castle. We’ve developed the Castle Schools initiative to support local schools and to develop learning of the Island’s heritage through the innovative use of STEM subjects. For schools where a visit to this Island fortress is not possible the science boxes and lesson plans provide an excellent interactive way to enjoy Castle Schools in the classroom’.