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APS Christmas Lecture 2016

Huge thanks to the 300 parents, students and friends of APS who turned out on a frosty Monday evening in December to attend the 2016 APS Christmas lecture. They were treated with mulled wine, hot chocolate and mice pies courtesy of APSA, some absolutely brilliant choral singing in F minor by the APS choir and a fantastic whistle stop tour of Dr Emily Grossmans weird and wonderful science facts.

Here is what some of the students had to say

I enjoyed it because it was interesting and smartMilo, 7X
I enjoyed it because it's weird and engagingMatthew, 7S
It was good and funMystery man
It enjoyed as it was very engagingCarew, 7K
It was great and I learned a lot!Charlie Maunder, 8P
I loved the part where she told us how to block a tickle!Mystery woman
We loved the lecture. It was very entertaining and we learnt a few wonderful and surprising facts.Parents
Brilliant - entertaining and informative!Parent

Dr Grossman also talked about her life as a scientist & broadcaster and one of her favourite areas of research – Stem cells and cloning to around 160 Year 10s and Sixth formers earlier in the day.

Here is what some of the students had to say after the talk;

I love her forward thinking ideas on emotions and her attitude towards gender equality and success for all no matter personality type, gender or religion etc.Susanna, Y12
Very inspiring showing how you can follow various pathways to a scientific career and find a work placement you can enjoy!Jezza Atkinson, Y12
Inspiring and interesting to see how a career in science can progressJamie Y10
Interested in going into regenerating stem cell research in universityAlex Y10

Thanks to Dr Grossman and the ongoing support from The Ogden Trust which make these events possible


Erasmus+ Trip to Copenhagen

APS currently represents the UK in a five nation EU Erasmus+ project. The three-year project brings students form France, Germany, Poland, Denmark and the UK together in week long student meetings to consider the question ‘Nuclear Fusion – THE clean energy source of the future?’ 

Last year students meet in Hamburg, Germany and had a superb time. This year its Copenhagen, Denmark and Thoron, Poland.

From 19th to 25th November we were in Copenhagen looking at the issues with wind energy and energy storage. The week long meeting was an enormous success, the students stayed with Danish host families and got a real taste of Danish home, school and university life.

In a time of a seemingly increasingly divided Europe it gave me great pleasure to see student teams representing all 5 nations enjoying communicating, working together and presenting to a large audience. Well done to Rafa, George and Jeremy, their glowing reviews below are testament to the value of the experience for all.

In my opinion, the whole week has been brilliant. Travelling to places, such as DTU, and engaging in activities, such as measuring the overall efficiency of turbines that we created out of lego in a wind tunnel has been really interesting and informative. It was also brilliant to meet people with similar interests from the whole of Europe and get to know their varying cultures throughout the week. Everyone was also very, very welcoming and the city itself is beautiful. Overall, this week has been an astounding experience and I am very grateful to be part of the programme!Rafa
This week has been amazing, at the start of the trip I was slightly wishing that we were staying with our fellow countrymen in hotels, but now knowing how the week has gone I am very happy I didn’t get my way and we did in fact stay with the Danes. It has been an incredible experience to learn about the differences and similarities in the culture of the Danish, and unlike some learning experiences; it was also incredibly fun. I speak for myself and everyone I have talked to in saying that Copenhagen is an amazing city and the universities, schools, teachers, lecturers and students of Denmark have been everything and more that anyone could expect them to be. While there were times when the tempo was perhaps a bit slow, this was sometimes welcome given the early starts. On the whole I cannot thank Ernst, his family and fellow students enough for being such great hosts, and thank you also to Erasmus and Vibenshus Gynasium for organising everything.George
This week has been fantastic, being able to not only study new forms of energy production and storage with international students, but also being able to spend time with them. I loved spending time with my host Daniel, who is not only a great guide of Copenhagen but also now a great friend. The entire exchange programme has allowed us to learn about other cultures, work together and make many new friends! The visits to the DTU taught us a lot about how wind energy is used in Denmark, as well as other forms of energy production and storage, and the party on Thursday allowed us to relax and have fun all together. Overall, it was a very exciting experience!Jeremy



Ogden Symposium

Early in this academic year 2 of our y13s were selected to attend the prestigious Ogden Symposium, this year hosted by the university of Durham. A2 physics students from all over the country were given a flavour of undergraduate life and an introduction to university physics.

Some quotes from out students that attended:

I feel that the symposium was a great opportunity to explore life as an undergraduate physics student at a top university. I sat in high quality lectures, learning about the complex rules of special relativity and how calculate the increase in the mass of an object approaching the speed of light. It was also fascinating attending lectures on relatively new ideas in physics. The finding of the Higgs Boson, how CERN works and theories surrounding dark matter and dark energy.

It was also a great opportunity to visit a beautiful city, gain an insight into what university life is like and meet and discuss physics with like-minded young scientists.

Stephen Mason
The talks where very interesting including thinking like a physicist, Things with lasers like supper cooling through optical molasses, some quantum theory, special relativity along with my personal favourite the dark energy and dark matter surrounding us along with a handful of questions for each.

Not only was it detailed plus insightful along with it being well explained. It also gave me a very nice chance to fill in some of the questions I had about university’s and giving me more reasons to go to university as well as giving me concentration for Durham as from what I saw the facility’s on sight where very nice and well maintained with everyone there being a pleasure to meet. 

It was also nice change to go outside London and see the less crowded parts of the UK with its greenery along with the fact that still had a lot of its history like the cathedral, cobbled roads and old houses. I would like to say thank you to the Ogden Trust an​d Durham university.

Brian Morris

GCSE Science Live!

Inspiration from World Class Scientists at GCSE Science Live!

Some of the best British scientists from all fields demonstrated the wonders of the universe in a series of seminars at the GCSE Science Live! event this term.  We were lucky enough to have 35 year 10 science students participate and learn about cutting edge embryology from Professor Lord Robert Winston as well as explore the possibilities of worm holes from BBC4 presenter and eminent physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalil.  All students were inspired by the presentations, shich also included some top exam advice from a senior examiner.  Indeed, Jade from 10R said

It was great! Very informative.  I learnt a lot about what I should and shouldn't write and do in my Science exams.

  Abby, also from 10R, added

I enjoyed the physics talk about worm holes and space.  It was a great experience and I'm glad I went.

A truly inspiring day for our future science leaders!

Other students commented...

Fun and informative. Gotta love Trilobites.Temmuz, 10R
I really enjoyed Robert Winston’s talk on fertility. It was extremely inspirational and his passion for his field of work was contagious.Maya, 10S
I really enjoyed the talk about time travel. I did not realise it was even a possibility and it was very excitingAthena, 10S
The experience was sensationalDiyar, 10k
I enjoyed hearing other people’s view points on the topics addressed and seeing how people think about things in a different way to how I doValerie, 10S
I had a lot of fun on the trip. I also enjoyed thinking about space and time travel.Jade, 10R
I learnt a lot of mildly upsetting facts about the female reproduction processSaskia, 10k
I never knew that trilobites were so important to finding out the structure of our planetAran, 10S
I learnt a lot about how IVF was created and it was very interesting.Giulia Lo Iacono 10x
I learnt a lot about space travel and space exploration programmes that I didn’t know even existedHollen, 10X
I found it very interesting. I was especially intrigued by the theoretical concepts of time travel and found Dr. Robert Winston very entertaining.Jim, 10L
I enjoyed the trip quite a lot with most of the speakers being very intriguing and teaching me new things or things I did know in greater detail for example, space travel and the actual journey of the sex cells. What really added to the trip was the location we were in, the theatre was quite grand and the seats were very comfortable to sit in for long periods of time.Christopher, 10E
The trip was very informative and interesting. I especially enjoyed the presentation about space travel and the IVF process.Alicem, 10E
The trip was extremely informative. I especially enjoyed Robert Winston’s talk on genetic diseases and Jim al-Khalili’s discussion of whether time travel is possible.Anas, 10X