ACTIVE YOUNG SCIENTISTS
In the past week Year 7 have had two opportunities to see science in new ways. On 9th March Cordi Scott from the University of Kent gave a one hour presentation entitled “Cool Physics” in which she explained how the arrangement of particles changes when we cool objects down. She used liquid nitrogen to show us what happens to a balloon, a banana and flowers. She also gave students, and staff, the opportunity to have their heads in the clouds. We think Mr. O’Keeffe enjoyed the experience!
On 16th March Year 7 had a trip to Herstmonceux Science Centre for British Science Week. All the students had opportunities to explore a wide range of hands on experiments, to try to design a water course to make a mini-water wheel turn, and to learn about the history of the Herstmonceux telescopes. There were two team challenges involving building a bridge in the shortest possible time and building the tallest tower. Congratulations to Mrs. Emmanuel’s group who came out as the overall winners.
The students also attended a 30 minute interactive presentation showing how the Earth and its human inhabitants have changed. Year 7 were reminded that they are the future of science and it will be up to their generation to solve some of the problems caused by pollution.
We were shown how a tornado is formed and Mr. Barley tested some physics hoping that the balloon full of water over his head would not burst! We are happy to say that he remained dry.
Two students have written to say what they enjoyed most at Herstmonceux
I went on the trip to Herstmonceux Observatory Centre- It was BRILLIANT! We did so many activities which not only were fun but educational at the same time. We entered a water puzzle, water tornados and we had an awesome show at the start. At the end we had a competition on who gathered the most points in some challenges. Although it was a long drive it was definitely worth the wait. Everyone in the end achieved something and everyone loved it.
THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!
I went on the trip to Herstmonceux Observatory Centre – it was seriously amazing! Many activities included: the Water Area, Discovery Park, Observatory Tower and much, much more. My personal favourite was the Science Corridor, because it had so many different activities and mini experiments to try out (The Vacuum Lift was my highlight of the day!). Furthermore, the Gift Shop was full of epic objects including some bouncing putty and beautiful animal ornaments! Even without my group winning the overall prize, it was still an exciting day.
Year 7 enjoyed both events and we were all very proud of their behaviour throughout both events.