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Science - Hectic Electric

“Hectic Electric! Discover the wonder of electricity, how to channel it in circuits and build your project powered by electrical energy!”

This a great week, doing all the fun experiments to bring you into the world of understanding how electricity behaves and how to work with it safely. With Rit Zbikowski from the The Edinburgh Academy Junior School you will experiment with static electricity, discover different forms of power, and devise a creation out of recycled materials that you can take home and keep! Who is a budding electrical wizard? Find out as you learn and have fun this summer!

Approximate Week Plan (very flexible as we must go with the electrical flow):

Monday: How is electricity made? Trying out various methods of producing power with some surprising results.

Tuesday: Battery discovery! How chemicals get those electrons moving to start creating our first circuits.

Wednesday: Design your prototype. Can you take someone else’s trash and make it your treasure—powered by electricity?

Thursday: Getting to work. Using the right tools for the job can we assemble the project and get it working?

Friday: The Exhibition. Can you present your project and wow your audience with your unique creation?

Some of the images below are other international schools and summer courses run by Rit.


Rit Zbikowski

Rit is the Science teacher and Eco Coordinator at the EA Junior School. He has a passion for getting pupils to learn through scientific play and real-life, hands-on experiences. He has previously worked with The Edinburgh International Science Festival and has coordinated summer science programs in Japan. He hopes to convey this passion of understanding the WHY of everything in this vast topic of Science by letting the pupils get stuck in to seriously exciting exploration!

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Due to allergies Excel does not provide food. Bring snacks and a packed lunch full of nutritous food, fit for a full active day. Sweets are not a good source of energy! St George's often provide a snack at the end of the day but this will be given after sign out, to allow you to decide if it is suitable.

Bring a refillable water bottle. Water is available at the water fountains for refills.

If you need to bring medicine you will be asked to fill out a form at the start of the week and this will be kept stored for you in case it is required. This can be stored in a fridge if required.

Please do not bring ipads, tablets or telephones. If you do need a telephone, you will be asked to hand it in at the start of the day. This is to protect against images that may be taken of children.

The Venue

Excel Sports Academy have been in the fantastic facilities of St George’s School for Girls for many years now. Located in a quiet residential area just west of the City in Roseburn. St George’s is one of the countries top schools with first class facilities.

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The Staff

Our Staff are led by a PE teacher and all undergo training as well as appropriate safety checks. We regularly have other PE teachers, elite sports performers and university students training to be teachers.

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