Einstein with my little eye

Science Fair at Whitby Museum''w111115c  Picture: Ceri Oakes
Science Fair at Whitby Museum''w111115c Picture: Ceri Oakes

SCHOOLCHILDREN from around Whitby celebrated Albert Einstein’s birthday with a series of science lessons at Whitby Museum recently.

To coincide with the legendary physicist’s birthday, the British Science Association hosts an annual week of events aimed at informing primary schoolchildren of how science affects their everyday lives.

Science Fair at Whitby Museum''w111115c  Picture: Ceri Oakes

Science Fair at Whitby Museum''w111115c Picture: Ceri Oakes

This year the theme was communication, with Whitby Museum’s Normanby Room taking centre stage as the children learned about the various methods people have used throughout history to talk to each other.

Museum trustee Graham Pickles said: “I think people are becoming more aware of science once again and what it can do for people and its importance in the world today.

“The experiments this year were about communication and we hoped that the children took away that there are more means of communicating than just talking.”

The interactive experiments included writing with invisible ink and used xylophones and jam jars filled with water to create a variety of different sounds.

The five and six-year-old students were also taught about different methods of communication for those with sensory impairments, such as sign language or Braille.

The children were then introduced to the basics of long-distance communication, from the schoolyard favourite of attaching cups to each other by string, to methods of communication once vital in warfare but now superseded by wireless technology, such as Morse code and semaphore, which uses flags to transmit messages.

Mr Pickles added: “We had the flags that Nelson raised before the battle of Trafalgar saying ‘England expects every man to do his duty’.”

National Science and Engineering Week is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and works in partnership with Engineering UK.