BBC Films Junior Academy FunKe Science Club

24 March 2016

A film crew of four people from BBC World News visited the Makini Junior Academy on March 17 to film the science club sessions run by FunKe Science at the school.

FunKe Science has been running interactive and hands-on science sessions at the Junior Academy since January 2016 and will continue to spread the science agenda to as many young minds as they can reach.

BBC World News was filming for the science and technology series called ‘Horizon’ and wanted to show how Makini Junior Academy and FunKe Science are trying to motivate students and make science subjects interesting in Kenya.

Horizon has a very strong following across the globe, with viewers keen to understand the very latest technologies, the big issues facing mankind and the science behind these issues. The television series has now formed a global science community having featured over 400 people across 42 countries over the last five series; visiting over 316 companies, organisations and institutions. Horizons focuses on development, research, applications and ground- breaking stories. The aim is to take audiences on a journey, provide them with a ‘voyage of discovery,’ and an in-depth understanding of science. The series will be shown on the BBC World News Channel, which is available in over 200 countries and more than 400 million households outside the UK.

The team spent the morning filming the students of the science club at the school, and showcased the students interacting with the FunKe Science team. The FunKe Science team carried out experiments on air. These experiments were made specific for the students from class one to four. The experiments illustrated the expansion of air, the fact that plants and soil breathe and that air occupies space. The students were also able to create parachutes, to test the parachutes and to show how fast the parachutes fall depending on their size.

*article contributed by FunKe Science Team

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