Science Faculty Fortnight 2017
It has been all whizz, bang, fizz in science thanks to a plethora of additional activities arranged for the department’s faculty fortnight.
Sleuthing students solved a “murder” using forensic techniques while eggs were projected using specially designed pods to ensure they did not break.
A range of experiments that could be carried out at home were explored as part of the Kitchen Chemistry event. Pupils filled balloons with carbon dioxide thanks to a reaction involving baking powder while others used food colourings to create a rainbow effect in a glass.
Ex-BBC employeeMr Foxsmith transformed the school
gym to run his planetarium show. After crawling through a tunnel in the pitch black, students enjoyed a slide show on the solar system before they travelled through the skies looking at the different constellations and the myths behind them.
It was an “all hands on deck” during the fortnight with all members of the department involved with the activities and the support events – including videos, quizzes and competitions.
Careers advice and options were explored during an evening event when members of science-related industries visited the school to talk to students and parents.
The fortnight culminated with an in-house designed and performed science show. Pupils roared with laughter as they watched their teachers being subjected to number of entertaining yet risky experiments.
“We organised a range of exciting and different events that offered something for everyone – from year 7 right the way through to our older students,” said head of department Mr Deyoung.
“Once again faculty fortnight was a huge success with hundreds of pupils attending something throughout the two weeks. It was extremely enjoyable for the department to be able to arrange events that went beyond the scope of the curriculum and to show
students a different side to our exciting subject.”