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Science Enrichment Newsletter

By 30 March 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 9: Ameena P, Erin A and Joe T.

Year 10: Luke CW, Fatima U, Osama P, Madiha P, Cherie U, Zainab G, Muhammed Yusuf P, Lawrence S and Maria S.

Year 11: Ella H, Amina A, Hanah Y and Rachel C.


STEM club

This week in the STEM club, pupils were allowed to play a science Blooket quiz (as pictured above) to celebrate their achievements this term! A range of different STEM related topics were covered and as a treat…even Disney characters made it into the quiz! Congratulations to all the Year 7 pupils who have regularly attended the STEM club. We look forward to further fun experiments next term!


Science career of the week

This week’s career is ‘Therapeutic radiographer’. Therapeutic radiographers take images of the insides of patients’ bodies and plan treatments to treat a particular disease. 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.


Physics Talk

Year 11 students had a talk by a theoretical physicist and PhD student at the University of Nottingham, whose research focuses on the study of modified gravity theories and galaxies. The fascinating presentation included the answering of questions like: What is the speed of light? How do astronomers and cosmologists use light to learn about our Universe? How light can make you slim and stop you from ageing? Why is the most famous equation in physics wrong (sometimes)?


Space News

At a recent Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, planetary scientist Carver Bierson presented some fascinating research on Jupiter and its moons. According to Bierson, Jupiter may have played a major role in creating the harsh conditions on its moon Io, due to its intense brightness in its early years. Additionally, Bierson suggests that this same brightness could have vaporised water on two other moons, Europa and Ganymede. If these findings are accurate, they could prove useful in the search for exomoons that are covered in ice, as it would allow researchers to eliminate unlikely orbits. Despite Jupiter appearing as a small speck in our night sky, past studies have revealed that it was far brighter during its early stages, estimated to be about 10 thousand times more luminous.


Scientist of the Month

We are relaunching Scientist of the Month with Year 7 – 10 after Easter. The nomination process will be the same so make sure you are trying your hardest in all your science lessons, remember we are looking for most progress made not just academic achievement. Year 10 pupils have requested a certificate, digital and paper, for their achievement portfolio which you will receive as well as a gift bag and 5 excellence points, either given out in assembly or delivered to form rooms, and all the nominees will receive 2 reward points. Winners and nominees will get a mention in the newsletter. Pupils who get multiple nominations will have their names passed on to sign the headteachers roll of honour.

Last months nominees, who all received 2 reward points were:

Mehr-Unisa I, Dawood HS, Amaan B, Umamah B, Sumeyo A, Felicity-Jo T, Sanaa G, Joseph W, Zaynah M, Talal K, Unais S, Raissa BA, Jenson M, Amaan H, Konpal F, Maryam P, Abdullah Y, Aamirah M, Izzy W, Zayan S, Saffiya A, Henley N and Umamah K.


Chester Zoo competition for Year 9

We have 17 places available on a trip to Chester zoo on June 29th. The cost of the trip is £25. The science department is running a competition for anyone who would like to come. To be considered for a place on the trip please make a fact file about the animal of your choosing. Your fact file must contain: pictures of the animal (either drawings or images from the internet), how long the animal lives, the scientific name of the animal, what the animal likes to eat, where it lives in the wild, the number of these animals in the wild, if the animal is endangered or not, how many young this animal has and as many interesting facts as possible. Your fact file must be colourful and display worthy, the top 17 will be selected and offered a place on the trip. Please hand your fact files to your science teacher by 28th April. 

For more information, please speak to Miss Booth. 


Mr. Fowlds – Science Enrichment Coordinator