STEM enthusiasts have had a busy half term, with plenty of hands-on learning to broaden their horizons beyond the labs.
Students in Competitive Science Club have been working on the first stage of their entry to the British International Education Association’s International STEM Youth Innovation Competition. Led by Sixth Form students, girls have been measuring the mass of different types of household waste and creating a composter using materials such as coffee grounds and newspaper. We look forward to tracking their progress in the competition and perhaps even employing their invention as part of our Project Zero initiative to reduce waste.
For National Biology Week, we hosted a virtual lunchtime talk, so pupils could put their questions about careers in conservation to zoologist and PhD student Katie Bickerton in conjunction with London Zoo. Meanwhile Sixth Form Scientists attended the Royal Institute Youth Summit online this week to discuss critical issues of the future on the themes of sustainability and empowerment. The students really enjoyed relating their A Level Science studies to the wider world, and look forward to seeing their opinions contribute to the Royal Institute Christmas lectures.
Younger pupils have had fun experimenting at lunchtime clubs, making lava lamps and an eco-alternative to Lego using only milk and vinegar, while Year 8 Physicists have enjoyed making games as they learn about magnetism.