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Alok Jha presents the APS Easter Lecture

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Water may seem ordinary – it pours from our taps and falls from the sky – but you would be surprised at what a profoundly strange substance it is. It expands when it cools; hot water water freezes faster than cold water; it defies the usual rules of chemistry. Without its rebel behaviour, though, none of us would exist. Alok Jha will change the way you look at our most ordinary substance. Water has shaped life on Earth, we look for it on other planets as a potential sign of life and this simple molecule connects you and everyone else to the first moments of the universe.

Alok Jha is a science journalist, author and broadcaster. He is a Welcome fellow, developing new storytelling formats for science. He has worked as science correspondent at ITV News and the Guardian and made programmes for the BBC. Find out more about Alok @ 

This talk will be a story of science and hence accessible to all. Students do not need to wear school uniform. 

The talk starts at 5.30pm in the main hall. All ages are welcome, including family and friends. 

On the night we will be collecting for a new minibus - please donante as generously as possible. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Workshop with Robin Mobbs

On Friday 26th January, seventy students from year 12 and year 13 experienced workshops from the excellent Robin Mobbs of the National Space Academy. Robin enthralled the students with his stories of working alongside Tim Peake and the M&M floating around in the ISS. The year 12 session looked at UK space careers and how we lead on satellite production in this country as well as considering Newton’s laws and which other scientists were integral in their formulation. The year 13 students had a session on Kepler’s law where they were able to be hands-on and producing their own sinusoidal representations.

The session inspired the students to think about their futures and hopefully one day APS might have their very own home-grown astronaut.

Student quotes:

Nice job, 9 out of 10, I would recommend because it was brilliant and informativeAlex Y13
I thought it was going to be pretty boring but it was pretty funOmed Y13
EpicChris Y12
Really made me think about being an astronautFran Y12

Kepler’s laws



I'm a Scientist get me out of here

In December, 2 of our students won the I am a scientist get me out of here competition. In this competition students speak to research scientists in real time via an online platform. They won it because all the scientists voted for the most engaged in asking good questions about their science research fields.
The scientist who won the £500 as voted for by the students wrote:

Can I say a massive thank you to all at I’m a Scientist, all the students and teachers that took part over the last two weeks. I hope you all had has much fun as I did! And learnt as much – these events are just as important for the scientists as the students, as they allow us to take a step back from our day-to-day work and look at our research in a very different way. I was also very surprised by the quality of some of the questions – far more intelligent than I could have asked at that age! And I also enjoyed some of the ‘banterful’/amusing comments – a few had me (and colleagues) LOL-ing in the office! So again, massive thank you to the students. And finally, I’m still a bit in shock from winning - as I was up against fantastic and enthusiastic scientists who generated very insightful answers (which I took great pleasure in reading – and again learnt from myself). But am incredibly grateful, and I will use the winnings very wisely to build an interactive model to show how the ‘stress-hormone’ cortisol is released and its effects on the body (good and bad), and look forward to updating you all about the outcomes! Keep asking lots of questions students!Winning scientist of I'm a Scientist, get me out of here!

A comment from our Stress Zone winner:

'I'm a scientist' was really interesting as it gave us a chance to interact with experienced scientists and ask them questions about what they do. Adam and I won a WHSmith voucher for being the most engaged which I think is great because it helps motivate us to ask more sensible and relevant questions furthermore they also offered a chance to vote for the scientist that you think should win £500 to put towards their research. In short I think it was an amazing experience and I am so glad that our teacher won this amazing opportunity! Thank you Ms Copley!Katelyn Colingwood on behalf of Adam Massoud and herself

Click here to see all the winners


Christmas Lecture 2017

02On Tuesday the 12th December 2017 APS held its annual Christmas lecture – This year we had the pleasure of hearing from Ella Al-Shamahi, a National Geographic Explorer & Neanderthal specialist. Ella inspired the 300 strong audience of parents, students, siblings, grandparents, staff & friends of APS with her stories of fossil hunting and the life of an adventure scientist.

A personal highlight was Ella’s excellent explanation of why carrying out research science in conflict zone is so important, sharing science with those who are interested but may not have the opportunities we take for granted and also demonstrating the international nature of scientific research. Below are some comments from students and parents.

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I found the talk very interesting and useful because it helped me think about my own future career.APS Student
I found it very inspirational and interesting to the story of someone else’s life.APS Parent
It was a good talk, covering a lot and inspiring without being extremely cheesy. It had a nice amount of comedy as well.APS Student
She was funny and entertaining. Her talk was interesting and inspiring.  I really like the idea of being an archaeologist. Thanks a lot!Alice, Y7
Quite funny and interesting. I think it was quite inspiring for people and maybe boosting girl’s confidence about being explorers. Thanks!APS Parent
Interesting talk. Quite engaging. Such an interesting job.APS Parent
It was interesting how it was not organised, you just look for fossils.Ripley
I like the talk because it is about adventure and it was interesting because I am a Scout.William
I found this talk really interesting. I think it was good to know what exploring is really like and from what I heard it sounds amazing.  She made it sounds like a possible career choice and I’m glad I came.Clara, Y7
I liked the talk because it was interesting and funSonny
I found this very interesting and fun. I feel like I would like to explore caves as well.APS Student
Completely inspiring! It was so good to see a woman talk with such knowledge and passion about science – such a positive role model for girls/boys.APS Parent
Thank you. It was very interesting and inspirational to hear your journey.APS Student
It was very inspirational. Thank you.Misia and Mia
She explained well. It is a very interesting job. I would like to be a chemist when I grow up, so that definitely made me curious.APS Student
I thought it was very interesting on what she said and what she does because I want to be a marine biologist and I find exploring very interesting.Olivia
I really enjoyed the talk for its combination of exciting science and personal testimony. Inspiring!APS Parent