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Document break. Wonderland in Sheffield: 18 June - 13 July

The Wonderland exhibition was spread across four venues and twenty-seven days. Alongside the exhibition sat a series of education events please click here to view images:

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The Wonderland exhibition was spread across four venues and twenty-seven days. Alongside the exhibition sat a series of education events please click here to view images:

Events at the University of Sheffield:
The Mystical Tour of Wonderland - 2 July and 9 JulyDocument break.St. Wilfred's School. Sheffield Girls High School and Brantwood School pupils took a mystery bus tour which visited all of the exhibition sites. The idea behind these events was to give the children a first hand introduction to the Wonderland project - not just the exhibitions, but to personally engage with Tony and Helen, to hear first hand the history behind Wonderland and how two people from such diverse backgrounds collaborated in creating it.

Feedback from the school children who attended the education days
We gave the school children feedback forms; blank copies can be downloaded here The feedback we gained from these forms indicated that most children were very keen for their schools to be involved in a project like this. Other discipline collaborations suggested by the children included: Science and ICT PE and DT Food technology, art and science

Comments from the day

“It was really good and I learnt a lot.”

“Inspiring experiments, it was very enjoyable.” “A very good project that is trying to change the environment” Year 6 pupils

Wonderland: The Science Behind the Story. 7 July
The Edge, University of Sheffield
Document break.The University of Sheffield invited approximately 90 year 8 pupils from three schools from across the region to a full day of Wonderland activities. The day was divided into two halves, in the morning they met Tony Ryan who delivered a presentation on Wonderland. This included films, images and demonstrations followed by a Q&A session with the pupils.In the afternoon session the pupils took part in 3 hands-on science workshops, exploring the chemistry behind each of the four products incorporated within the Wonderland project. They looked at and made models of the polymer used in the Disappearing Dresses and, experimented with the polymer textiles.The pupils designed their own mittens with the polymer and then dissolved them in bowls of water, watching as their work disappeared before their eyes. They were given the opportunity to understand the science and potential of the other Wonderland products: the disappearing bottle, the water purification pillow and the upper less shoe.The day ended with a feed back session and a chance to consider the wider implications of what they experienced.

Postcard competition
Pupils were asked to think of their own message for the future and design a postcard to illustrate this. The winning slogan was by Sarah Eccles from Notre Dame school (featured right)

New ideas competition
Pupils were asked to draw their perfect dissolvable outfit or come up with their own product idea using the Wonderland science. The winning design was by Alex Varley of King Ecgbert school (featured right)

Comments from the day
“An great range of films and 3 cool workshops. I really enjoyed myself, thank you!”

“Amazing technology. Fantastic fun!”

“This trip was really interesting and informative, I would like more events like this” Year 8 Pupil

“Please pass on my thanks to everyone that arranged the chemistry day at the Edge. The kids took a genuine interest in the topic and were genuinely complimentary about the activities.” Teacher from King Ecgbert School

Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University:
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The Centre for Science Education (CSE) and the Yorkshire and the Humber Science Learning Centre have developed a challenging and innovative education programme for the Yorkshire and Humberside region, which will engage schools in cross-curricular approaches to learning at KS3. The CPD programme for secondary schools is being delivered through the Yorkshire & Humber Science Learning Centre and is working with fifteen teachers from eleven schools across Yorkshire and one from Nottingham. The aim is to promote cross-curricular working, and to explore creative approaches to teaching and learning and engagement issues, rather than subject specific curriculum content. The underpinning principles of the programme are collaboration, trust, experimentation and risk-taking, all of which will be promoted through participation in the programme.

The second day of training has now taken place and schools are currently working on their projects. Materials produced from these projects will be uploaded towards the end of the autumn term.

Develop your Own Education Project:
We would like teachers, pupils and schools to develop their own projects in response to Wonderland and the issues it deals with, If you were able to visit the exhibition or if you are interested in involving your school, you will find practical resources, including lesson plans from Thomas Tallis school, and project ideas from Formby High School, which will give you starting points for developing your own cross-disciplinary sci/art projects.

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dissolving dress, london college of fashion: photo - Alex Maguire
Workshop at LCF: photo - Kamina Walton

workshop image: photo Kamina Walton
Dissolving dress, London College of Fashion: photo - Alex Maguire
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Sarah Eccles - Winning postcard
Winning postcard by Sarah Eccles from Notre Dame School

Winning idea by Alex Varley of King Ecgbert school
Winning idea from Alex Varley of King Ecgbert school.

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