Celebration of National Science Week

National Science Week 11- 20 March 2022 kicked off early in College this week!

Our Sixth formers led an exciting assembly that brought the wonder of the lab to life. To demonstrate projectile motion, Elizabeth, our school teddy, was shot from a canon and luckily landed without any injuries.

Our All-girl band, the Fluid Fluters, performed the theme tune to Jurassic Park using one note water flutes and the Chemistry team brought us a rainbow of coloured flames. For the grand finale, we were entertained with a dance on the Makey Makey Ultimate Dancing Stomping Dance Mat that had been built by the Electronics students.

On Tuesday, one of the science labs was transformed into an astronaut training facility where pupils could test their orienteering skills, try to land on a target and take a selfie with a cardboard cut out of astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.

Pupils also had the chance to experience the effect of higher gravitational field strengths that can found on planets such as Jupiter and Saturn.

Dr Ward had very kindly collected some mini meterorites from the school garden using a giant magnet and microscopes were set up in the lab so pupils could take a closer look at them!

Wednesday saw the College Hall turned into a Planetarium and throughout the day, pupils and staff were invited to visit to take part in sessions where they got to explore the stars in a wonderful 3D setting.

Thursday was all about building challenges.

Some pupils in Prep were tasked with building the largest Da Vinci bridge they could manage with lollipop sticks and this proved to be a very tricky task; well done to everyone for persevering!

The Duplo challenge was another event and this involved lots of teamwork. A 3D model was hidden behind a screen; one team member was allowed to look at it and the other team members had to build it based on their instructions. The challenge was taken up by pupils across College and in the Senior school, well done to Year 8 pupils Oscar, Oliver and Luke who beat the Upper Senior teams to complete it first.

The week was rounded off with a visit from a guest speaker, renowned astronomer Colin Stuart. He gave two talks, one on Time Travel and one called Mission to Mars. Colin kept the audience captivated as he explained that not only was time travel possible, but it had already happened!

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