Science at home

“Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth,” Jules Verne, author of Around the World in 80 Days.

Did you know that most scientific discoveries start out as mistakes? 

  • Play-doh was originally intended as a wallpaper cleaner made from clay.  Once people discovered they could clean vinyl wall paper with soap and water there was no use for the clay type product until a teacher discovered that children could make shapes from it.  Colour was added and play-doh was born.
  • Sir Alexander Fleming did not set out to discover penicillin in 1928 but found it by mistake when looking to see why bacteria was not growing in certain places in his petri dishes.
  • Percy Spencer accidentally invented the microwave in 1946 when he was working on radar projects.  He didn’t realise his discovery until he got his melted chocolate bar out of his pocket at snack time!

We are always keen to encourage children to continue to grow their knowledge of science and nature at home, but it can be daunting when trying to find good sources of information.  Here are our pick of some of the best websites to help you:

If you do anything science related at home or go on any science related trips please do let me know! I would love to hear all about it!

lloomes@woodchester.gloucs.sch.uk