What is Experi-Buddies?

Experi-Buddies is an educational programme that uses experiments to show young children that the world of science can be fun. This is done by means of interactive projects, exciting demonstrations and basic experiments.

What does a class entail?

The programme is presented by independent facilitators at various schools. Suitable for Grade R, 1 and 2. Every child wears a lab coat and safety glasses.

During each class we aim to:

  • have as much FUN as possible;
  • give each child an opportunity to do at least one experiment on their OWN;
  • teach the children to work TOGETHER in a group thus encouraging them to take turns to perform certain tasks;
  • do at least one experiment that has a “WOW” factor;
  • do experiments that cover various scientific fields such as Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Biology, Meteorology and Astronomy;
  • give a basic explanation of the science behind each experiment.

A scientist of the week (for example Einstein, Edison, Fahrenheit) is introduced to the children every week. The purpose of this is to expand their general knowledge in a simple but enjoyable way and to instill in them an appreciation of how these people have impacted on our lives.

At the end of each lesson every child receives an “Experi-Bag” to take home.

This consists of:

  • a letter explaining what we have done and discovered during the class. This will give you the background knowledge to discuss the topic further at home
  • a simple experiment with instructions that can be done at home OR the result of an experiment that was done in class.

The programme comprises of one 30 minute class per week, with up to 9 classes per term.

How will your child benefit?

Children should do experiments for the same reason that they listen to stories and do sport – experiments encourage children to be inquisitive, creative and build their self-confidence. Experiments help to teach children to observe, compare and to predict outcomes while having fun.

Many educational skills are covered in the programme:

  • Mathematical skills – measuring and counting
  • Language skills – new terminology
  • Eye-hand co-ordination – the co-ordinated movements of the eyes, fingers and the hands
  • Social skills – teamwork which encourage self-esteem
  • Tactile perception – awareness of what we have touched
  • Visual memory – the ability to remember what has been seen
  • Auditory memory – understanding a verbal instruction
  • Fine Motor skills – the movement of the small muscles of the body, including the eyes, wrists, hands and fingers
  • Concentration
  • Problem solving

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you do, the better.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grade R classes are on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons at 12:45 – 13:15.

Classes for Grades 1 and 2:

Tuesday or Thursday 13:30 – 14:10 or 14:30 – 15:10

For more information please do not hesitate to contact me or consult our website: www.experi.co.za

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