ERASMUS exchange to Poland
- Date: -
- Venue: Alexandra Park School, Bidwell Gardens, London, N11 2AZ
APS celebrates British Science week 2017
This possibly would be better titled ‘science month’ as we have had events running from the end of February right up to the beginning of the Easter holiday with the British science week being slap bang in the middle from 13-17th of March.
We started with a BAE/royal navy robotics show for the whole of Y7 on Monday 27th Feb. There have been trips to the big bang fair in Birmingham for Y7&Y9, GCSE science live, with talks from illustrious scientists such as Jim al Khalili, Robert Winston and Andrea Sella.Y10s&Y12s have benefited from both Physics in action and biology in action trips. We have had the living egg project with chicks hatching and growing with us for 2 weeks, the animal man has been in school for 2 days with his veritable zoo of reptiles, mammals and creepy crawlies.Our Y9s had a science exam during science week; we rewarded their hard work with an explosive chemistry show from Dr Sydlo on Monday the 20th of March.
Science week itself was action packed with science themed lessons happening across all subjects and multiple events every lunchtime and each day after school. I knew it was going to be a good week when on Monday at 3.15pm when I saw 150+ students rapidly heading for S20 to get involved in ice cream making!We squeeze the first 40 in, I hope everyone who was keen to get involved but couldn’t quite fit in enjoyed at least one other event during the week.
Other highlights included the inaugural APS fruit drop where a range of fruit including watermelons were dropped from the 3rd floor and the data used to calculate the acceleration of freefall on earth. Y8 Charlie Maunders gases and group one metals demonstrations; his understanding of the chemistry he demonstrates is truly impressive and of course the 16th annual APS shark lecture where almost 100 students squeezed into our biggest teaching room to see Mr Nicholls whistle stp tour of UK sharks.
Thanks to all the science teachers and technicians that made this possible, also to Mr Danby and DT for spreading extracurricular science week events across the school with his marble run challenge after school on Thursday.
We have squeezed a little more out of this month of science with our Easter community lecture, ‘The making of the Shard’ on the 28th of March and our 80 degrees below dry ice session which was postponed during science week due to a failed delivery of dry ice happening on the 29th.
Finally, Celia Warre and Veselin Velkov are with Mr Marshall in Poland for the final week of term as part of our all-expenses paid Erasmus+ project looking at fusion energy – more about that in the next edition!
Below are a selection of comments and pictures from science ‘week’ trips and events.
BAE, RAF & Royal navy – robotics roadshow
On the wet afternoon of Monday 27th February the whole of year seven were treated to an exciting science and engineering show looking at how we engineer, make and code robots to help deal with dangerous and difficult situations.
GCSE Science live
Science week Comments
Ice cream making
Science Week 2017 Parents comments
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.