A selection of reviews
Wild about Hampstead Heath!
Wild about Hampstead Heath is taking Science out of the classroom with their fantastic Education Sessions.
We have worked in partnership with the City of London education team to
develop and deliver an exciting outdoor learning programme for primary
learners in Golders Hill Park.
The Bright Sparks Beginner’s electricity kit has been a fantastic
resource in our outdoor education programme. As the kit is so mobile,
it’s great to use for outdoor learning. Bright Sparks provide a really helpful and efficient service too.
All Fired Up!
We’re going to be using the modules again very soon, as we’re having an event called “All Fired Up!” as
part of British Science Week 2015. The children loved the way that they could
make up the circuits and the adults who came to the science event and our
Easter, summer and autumn fun activities also enjoyed using the modules.
They praised their sturdiness and ease of use and visiting teachers
particularly liked the way that they had the written description and the appropriate circuit symbol on each module.
Museum of Scottish Railway
Bright Sparks Electricity Workshops (Cumbria)
After delivering bright sparks in schools for the past 18
months it became clear that many schools where looking for good quality
electricity kits. I found Bright sparks 4 kids and now use within my workshops in
Cumbria primary schools.
My first impression was just how school friendly the kit
was. It is well packaged in a Gratnells tray and includes everything you need
including a CD of resource materials. All of the components are robust and
The kit is of fantastic quality and I would certainly recommend
the Electricity Starter kit. It has all of the bits needed to deliver the
electricity topic up to KS2 with extra little bits that will really get those
higher ability pupils engaged. My son in particular found it really easy to
assemble different circuits. He normally struggles with my other kit that uses
crocodile clips, I often come across Year 2 pupils who find crocodile clips
even more of a challenge. It has certainly been well thought out.
On a side note as each component is secured to a solid
plastic box, for weaker or younger pupils, they could easily be fixed in to
place on a desk or chopping board using Velcro to assist those pupils in
matching physical circuits to circuit diagrams.
I look forward to using these as part of my workshop and
being able to recommend a kit to schools when they ask me if they know of good
suppliers for circuit components.
The Solar Spark
I am Yue Hu, a PhD student studying Chemistry at University
of Edinburgh. I am the coordinator of a public engagement project called the
Solar Spark. The Solar Spark Project has been running very successfully for several
years and includes workshops at science festivals and schools, training for
school teachers, pod casts, animations, facebook, twitter, press articles and
more. See www.thesolarspark.co.uk for more information. As well as activities
within Scotland, we work to help organise and support outreach activities of
other partner research groups in Universities across the UK.
I am always looking for engaging easy to use products that would help children
understand the concept and uses of solar energy at their events. The kits from
BrightSparks 4Kids are very well designed using durable 'plug in' style connections
and good quality components. Children are able to use a real hands on approach
to learning and quickly grasped the function and use of each component in a
circuit. Also, they are brightly
coloured and easily identified with circuit symbol andcomponent names clearly
shown on each module. I think it would be suitable for children ofall ages and
teachers can used time after time in many teaching environments.
Yue Hu Solar Spark coordinator
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Stem Ambassadors have taken the Electricity Starter Kit+ to both primary and secondary schools and found it very robust and simple to use.. They have been able to demonstrate simple electric circuits quicly as well as encourage children to work in groups. Pupils enjoy hands on activities and this kit is suitable for all ages. The unique images on each component provide a link with the real world which can enhance the learning and create a focus for discussion in the classroom between the pupils and the ambassador. The kit has the added advantage that is is also available through the medium of Welsh.
See Science would recommend the kit to any teacher to use.
Cerian Angharad Director. See Science (STEM contract holder in Wales)
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Bright Sparks Electricity Starter Kits
We were delighted to be consulted on the development of the Bright Sparks range of products. Our children trialled the kits and recommended changes which the company acted upon and we were impressed by Brightsparks desire to make their kits as user friendly and age appropriate as possible. The simplicity of the circuit connections is brilliant and enables all children to successfully create circuits of increasing complexity. We have bought kits to meet the learning needs of children right across the age range and plan to purchase more. I would recommend the BrightSparks4kids range of products to all primary schools.
The key strengths of the products are that they are:
· Excellent value for money
· Easy to use
· Age appropriate
· Safe and well designed
A brilliant resource for STEM activities
Woodside Primary School
5th September 2012