It has been another action-packed Science Week this year! Trips, workshops, practicals and inspirational lectures. Students were able to immerse themselves in a week’s worth of science culminating in a fascinating lecture from world renowned fertility expert, Lord Professor Robert Winston.
We were lucky enough to have lots of other visitors to the school including: Dr Ken who treated students to an inspiring STEM show with a circus theme; Dr Hanson from the National Physical Laboratory who spoke to students about Electro-magnetic waves and the effects of liquid nitrogen; Andrew Syzdlow from the Royal Society of Chemistry who brought chemistry to life in a fantastic stage show; the Centre of the Cell workshop helping students uncover the world of genes; Daniel Mortlock, an Astrophysics lecturer at Imperial College who challenged us to think about the most distant objects in the universe; and not forgetting the ever popular Animal Roadshow giving students the chance to see and hold exotic animals and learn about their habitats.
Gurdit in Year 8, who was chosen for one of the demonstrations in Dr Ken’s show, said, “I appreciated taking part in this wonderful Science week activity and I learnt a lot about how gravity and forces work and how they are applied to everyday life. Overall the show was very informative and also entertaining at the same time.”
Within school we ran: medics workshops, packed with advice about how to apply and life as a med student; an acid and alkali circus with exciting experiments; sessions to build and launch rockets; and STEM workshops informing students about careers in these fields and the skills they need. Liquid Nitrogen Bombs provided a great finale to the week!
Science Club joined in the fun running a practical to extract DNA from strawberries and the Library ran a special science themed Reading Café. Parents weren’t left out, with a Parental Engagement Workshop for Year 7s to work with their families making natural indicators from food sources.
What a week! Follow the science department on Instagram @sciencedept