ERASMUS exchange to Poland
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- Venue: Alexandra Park School, Bidwell Gardens, London, N11 2AZ
Science week is a yearly event that Alexandra Park School takes part in every year. It is a great opportunity for students to learn about science whilst having fun too.
There were many events throughout the week, of which some I was able to take pictures of.
In this activity, we were investigating the effects of alcohol, caffeine and glucose on water fleas. It was very interesting as you could see the microscopic life forms very clearly through the microscope, and the results were very interesting.
In the chemistry special, we did two activities. The first was growing a chemical garden. To do this we dropped different substances intto a clear substance and they grew into fascinating formations right before our eyes. The second activity was called 'rainbow titration'. By pouring different substances into the tube, an amazing rainbow slowly formed.
After winning the Jack Petchey award, I decided to use the money given to us by the Jack Petchey foundation to fund a chicken project with the students at APS. The project I chose was to incubate ten fertilised chicken eggs and I looked after the chicks for two weeks with the help of a group of animal lovers from key stage 3 and key stage 4.
After incubation, 8 of the eggs hatched perfectly healthily but one sadly died. The other chick had to be removed from its shell by the talented technician, Mr. Davies and Ms. David, honorary midwifes, after some traumatic first moments of life. We named him Rocky and he is now healthy and well integrated with the other chicks.
It was a very rewarding experience; bringing and looking after fluffy, chirping new life and seing how much joy it brought to the younger students, teachers and other people who wanted to see and hold the young chicks.
It was a great experience. Thank you to the Jack Petchey foundation.
The entire hatching process was filmed over the course of a couple of days, and has been edited / condensed by our media technician Sam Redfearn. Watch the hatching below.
23 Year 12 Physics students attended a Physics in Action Day at UCL. This day consisted of a series of talks from experts in their field of research. Our students heard from the science writer and broadcaster Simon Singh talking about the Big Bang, Andrew Steel from Cancer Research demonstrating the fascinating world of superconductivity, Lewis Darnel explaining how we could rebuild our world from scratch after an apocalypse. After a short session on revision strategies and exam technique, Jen Gupta delivered a fascinating talk on the invisible universe and the final talk of the day was given by the wonderful Dr. Mark Lewney, who used the power of heavy metal rock music to explain the weird and wonderful world of string theory. The students had a fantastic time and here are a selection of photographs and comments from our students.