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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.

Rosie Chambers
Wild about Hampstead Heath Project
RSPB

http://www.wildhampsteadheath.org.uk/p/education-session.ht…



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.

Ray MacFadyen

Education Officer

Museum of Scottish Railway
/http://www.srps.org.uk


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 colourful.

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.

Jamie Magee

www.brightsparkselectricity.com



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

for more information please visit



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)

For more information please visit the link below.
http://www.see-science.co.uk/stem-ambassadors.html


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:

 

·       Durable 

·       Excellent value for money

·       Easy to use  

·       Age appropriate

·       Safe and well designed

A brilliant resource for STEM activities

 

 

Rob McDevitt

Headteacher

Woodside Primary School

Gittin Street

Oswestry

SY11 1DT

 

5th September 2012


 

Name : Sian Parry
School : Woodside Primary School, Oswestry, Shropshire ,UK

Comment: Fab equipment. Perfect for little hands making it very easy for children to work independently. Your kits are a great idea and one I havent seen replicated anywhere. As a teacher of 5 year olds, I would highly recommend anyone reading this to take a look at your stuff!



Name : Mrs Jones
School : withheld

Comment:
I have used the Starter kit and the Starter Kit+ with my Year 2 class. They thoroughly enjoyed using the kits and found it much easier to use than the croc clips and bulbs we used to use. One child said it's so easy! The children had great fun using them because of this very reason and they learnt so much more and at a quicker rate! 


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School - Sandwell

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Product name - Starter Kit

 

Review/Comments - As a retired teacher who has looked at the kits I only wish that I had them when I was still teaching.  It would have made teaching 'electricity' so much easier.  Who thought using glass bulbs with young children was a good idea!  Both kits are safe and easy to use. Anyone teaching Primary children should look at these products.

 

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Name - Jennifer Owen

School -

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Product name - Classroom Set Starter Kit+

 

Review/Comments - I have always found electrical investigations in KS1 challenging and rather stressful - the crocodile clips are too stiff, connections become loose and who thought that delicate glass bulbs were a good idea?! When using the starter kit and starter kit plus the children were able to investigate circuits far more independently. They tried out new ideas and brought up discussion points which really extended their learning. The equipment is so safe and robust which makes it ideal for different ages and abilities to work together - it worked particularly well for a child with special needs in my class. I would recommend this equipment to anyone in the teaching profession. 

 

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