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Physics in Action day

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.

The day was jam packed with a fantastic selection of talks on a variety of interesting topics. I found each speaker to be engaging and informative in their own right, delivering wonderful, cohesive explanations on equally thrilling subjects - rarely failing to elaborate on a particularly intriguing aspect of their talk.Tomasz  Mistela
The day held a range of interesting and intellectually extending talks about fields of physics that appear to be the solutions to the problems of the present and future. It provided an insight into the careers available to us as young physicists and has inspired me among many others to further research and pursue cutting edge areas of physics.George Burgess
The talks were very interesting and inspiring, they gave us better insight into physics beyond our textbooks.”Maya Vahidi & Mehmet  Avcil
I really enjoyed the trip and especially the talk about superconductors. I liked finding out how the maglev trains worked.Ava Mitchell
This was a very interesting trip to UCL. The man at the end was completely insane and that was pretty sweet!James Finn

Year 12 masterclass at Highgate

Five year 12 physics students have been selected to take part in National Space Academy at Highgate School.  Maya Vahidi, Khaled Saker, Philip Ilono, Raphaella Ridley and Alex Karayinnis took part in a series of workshops covering a range of space topics from 'The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence' through to 'How to Become an Astronaut!'  Here are a selection of comments from our students.

During our day at Highgate School we took part in a series of workshops and lessons which were all astronomy-based. My favourite thing that we learned about was how satellites and rockets were adapted to be able to re-enter our atmosphere. As well as this, we got to engage with other pupils with similar interests and overall, provided for an amazing day.Raphaella Ridley
At first, we were allowed to explore the room as there were pieces of meteorites and a fragment of the moon located around the room with small descriptions of how they got to the Earth and what they are. We then given a quiz about the outcome of certain physics scenarios and experiments in the space station. After that, there was a talk and video demonstrations about how astronauts live in space. To finish off, we made paper rockets that were launched into the air.
It was enjoyable because I learnt about how dangerous space could be and that it is very life threatening to go up into space and come back down. Launching the rockets was also good as they travelled very quickly and high in the air.  Thank you for a great opportunity.Philip Ilono

British Science Week 2017

British Science Week is being celebrated, as it is every year at APS, with a wide variety of activities, experiments and talks, taking place during and after school during the week from Monday 13th through to Friday 17th March.

From using chemistry to make ice cream and dry ice experiments, through to Mr. Nicholl's reverred annual shark talk, there is something for everyone.  Take a look at the activities below and get involved!

MON LUNCH Minibeasts Testing the effects of caffeine and alcohol on water fleas! Mr. Hill S10 KS3 First 25 students
Erasmus project Erasmus fusion students prepare for Poland trip! Mr. Hammond & Mr. Marshall S7 10,11,12
Ice Cream Making Can we use Chemistry to make Ice Cream!? – come and find out Ms. Anjorin S20 Y7&8 - First 25 students lining up quietly.
Exploring the Night Sky Demonstrating and using Stellarium to find out about the wonders of space! Mr. Allen S5 First 25 - All pupils welcome
APS fruit drop Using falling fruit to find the acceleration due to Earth’s gravity Mr. Marshall & Mr. Oaks S17 All Y12 and Y13 pupils
TUE LUNCH Physics Olympiad Challenging physics problem solving! Mr. Head S8 Y11
Lunchtime lecture "Help! My nose is killing me!" Rhinos and their perilous plight. Mr. Groom LIBARY All welcome
Chemistry Special Making Esters, Creating a Chemical garden and Rainbow titration! Mr. Johnson & Ms. Anjorin S15 KS3
Alkaseltza Rocket Investigate how to make the best Alka-Seltzer rocket! Mr. Rae S5 KS3 – first 20 students to sign up – see JRA in S13 to sign up
Introduction to electronics Build an astable and a monostable circuit using a 555 timing chip! Mr. Head S8 Maximum 15 students – please sign up with Mr. Head in S08
Biology Olympiad Biology challenge – how much do you know!? Ms. Wilkinson S22 Y9 top set and Y10 triples will do in lesson time – any other Y9&Y10s interested this is your opportunity.
WED LUNCH Poster Competition Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of change! Ms. Salah & Mr. Lyons S7 Y7&8
Charlie Maunder Demonstrations Reactions with group 1 metals – and other exciting chemistry. Charlie Maunder & Mr. Hammond S8 All Pupils welcome
80 Degrees Below Dry ice demonstrations, activities and experiments! Ms. David S10 Y7/8 - first 30 to line up quietly
Investigating owls Using owl pellets and your detective skills to deduce the lifestyle of these nocturnal creatures Mr. Oaks S12 KS3 - first 30 to line up quietly
THUR LUNCH Cloaking devices and Quantum computing Demonstrating how optics are used to solve real world problems! Dr. Alex Clark – Imperial college London LIBARY All
Poster Competition Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of change! Ms. Salah & Mr. Lyons S7 Y7&8
Animal Man Come and meet the mammals, invertebrates and reptiles! Ms. David S10 KS3 - first 30 to line up quietly
FRI LUNCH Lunchtime lecture 16th annual APS shark lecture; Do great whites visit the UK!? Mr. Nicholls 101 Lunchtime All Pupils welcome

Download the full programme

More information on the British Science Association website


Jeremy wins summer internship at CERN

Congratulations to Jeremy Atkinson, who has earned a place on CERN’s prestigious S’Cool Lab Summer Programme in Geneva.  More than 2000 applications were received for just 20 places. This is a rare chance for an internship at the World’s greatest experiment. Jeremy will spend the summer working alongside students and physicists from across the world. He will attend lectures, tutorials, workshops and carry out a number of different experiments on a variety of tasks. Jeremy will also get the opportunity to visit a number of the experimental sites and facilities at CERN. He will build on his knowledge and experience of particle physics following our annual APS Physics department trip to CERN in June.  Jeremy is delighted. "I'm very excited about the opportunity I have been offered. I wasn't expecting it as it was so competitive! It will be a great chance to extend my knowledge in physics, building on my present knowledge learnt studying A level. I also hope to make and develop contacts with other Physics students worldwide. I'm really looking forward to it!"

The Physics team at Alexandra Park School are very proud of our Jeza!

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