So a few weeks ago I participated in Teachmeet Taunton and decided to introduce the world to Condom Olympics. To contextualise this I gave everyone a copy of the lesson plan for this session a version of which I have made available for free on TES Resources.
This lesson maybe good for Science (material properties), D&T (Product Design, Material properties), Business Studies (product development) etc. as well as PSHE teaching about the limitations of condoms in a fun and engaging way. This lesson isn’t necessarily one I would teach all students (in a time tight curriculum I often have more pressing material to cover) but for some students it will engage them around condom safety in a way that other lessons wouldn’t, so as with all lessons- use your professional judgement to work out what is best for your learners.
The key messages might be:
Oil based lubricants, fingernails, over stretching will all damage condoms but also condoms are very resilient to stretching (fitted 4cans of beans in one condom with room for more- and held over a litre of water before bursting) therefore used properly they are very safe. Condoms are tricky to put on if you are impaired (drunk goggles/in dark), and that condoms are effective at keeping semen in but the blacklight shows the need to wash hands and “penis” afterwards.
The video of my efforts can be seen below (apologies for being painfully loud at times. I have no volume control!)
From left to right the activities are:
- Rubbing waterbased and oil based lubricants onto blown up condoms (oil based will pop)
- Picking up paperclips with a condom over your hand
- How much water can a condom hold (over a bowl!)
- How many tins will fit in a single condom
- Drunk goggles- trying to get a condom on the demonstrator
- Condom in a TV box- demo a condom whilst you can’t see
- Ejaculating condom demonstrator, with UV sensitive artificial semen and Blacklight
I owe huge thanks to my awesome “Condom Athletes” who helped the activity go with a bang. (literally at 1.18mins in!). All participants got a “Condom Gold Medal” (the condoms were kindly donated by Pasante and I bought the medals from the party shop!)
Throughly enjoyed my first teachmeet experience and looking forward to the next one TM Exeter where I’m going to do a less fun but very important top tips for challenging homophobia and transphobia. Hope to see you there!