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By 16 February 2023No Comments

Educake Top Scorers

Well done to everyone who completed their home learning this week. The top scores for each year group are:

Year 11: Joshua E-C, Zain A and Imaan H.

Year 10: Yan C, Mohamed E, Zaynah M and Aiza A. 

Year 9: Evie A-S, Ayesha M, Muhammad Adil B, Tofiqa HS, Muhammed A. 


STEM club

This week in the STEM club pupils (pictured above) build density towers! Using solutions of different sugar concentrations, the team were able to demonstrate that a more dense solution will sink to the bottom of the test tube, whilst a less dense solution will float to the surface. It was also noted that the more highly concentrated solution would have a sweeter taste! Not only were the rainbow patterns aesthetically pleasing, similar ideas were discussed to explain why ice (less dense) floats on water (more dense!). The fact that hot air is less dense than cold air, also helps to explain why a hot air balloon can soar over the cold dense air! STEM club restarts after half term on Tuesday 28th February.


Science career of the week

This week’s career is Information about experience opportunities, providers, entry requirements and much more can be found here: Science career of the Week 

Please speak to Mr. Burke, who will provide you with more information about this, or any other, science career. 


Sharples Primary Escape the Lab

Students from Sharples Primary were the latest to attempt to solve scientific puzzles in order to ‘Escape the Lab’. Congratulations to all three teams who were able to escape in the allotted time of ten minutes. Thank you to Mr. Davies and Mr. McCann for running the event. A massive thank you to Hatim from Year 9 for assisting the smooth running of this event.


Space News

A meteoroid was observed to light up the sky as it entered the atmosphere over the English channel, early Monday morning. This is just the seventh time an asteroid has been correctly predicted to enter the atmosphere. The 1-metre asteroid would have completely burned up on entry and would not have reached the Earth’s surface. 

Mr. Fowlds – Science Enrichment Coordinator