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KS1 Science Fair

On Thursday 24th May our partnership (Ogden & Primary Schools) held two KS1 science fairs, one at Eden Primary School and the other at St James Primary.

The theme was on animals and habitats, Yr 1 & Yr 2 pupils designed an animal that was suited to a particular habitat - the habitat could be real or imaginary. The animal had to have adaptations to suit that habitat and pupils either drew or made a model of their animal. Although it wasn't a competition the students knew that there would be adults both from their school and outside, including STEM ambassadors, governors and colleagues from APS, asking questions and completing praise cards for their creations which all went in a big box.

The students were fabulous in explaining how their animals were adapted and there were enough adults that no student had to wait long before they had to explain the adaptations to another adult. There were paper thin animals adapted to live in-between books, recycle bin rubbish munchers, a highly advanced Yr 2 brushbot creature with full circuit diagram and its creator able to explain potentiometers and why one was needed for his creatures circuitry!

Overall a great day with KS1 students from seven of the partnership schools working together, sharing their creativity and communicating science to adults! A great way to round off the half term!

As always our thanks to the Ogden Trust for supporting our partnership

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Royal Society of Biology Challenge

insect leafThe results of the Biology Challenge that some students from years 8 and 9 and all of year 10 participated in, are finally out. It is a nationwide competition and this year over 43,000 students took part!

Our students have had another successful year. Students that have achieved gold, silver, bronze, highly commended or commended are listed below. Well done to everyone that participated.

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Passport to Success - 2018 revision sessions
First name Last name Result
Jack Holladay Gold
Flo Ellary Gold
Rory McCarthy Gold
Edward Powell Silver
Keshav Jagjivan Silver
Joseph Marcillo-Coronado Silver
Joe Levitas Silver
Toby Overfield Silver
Eddie Masters Silver
Andreas Cambanis Silver
Olivia Bell Silver
Ana Serban Silver
Amy Stancer Silver
Barash Tunahan Silver
Zara Brown-Guhli Silver
Olivia Papworth Silver
Louie Gerrard-Linn Bronze
Thomas Puthu Bronze
Mary Rawcliffe Bronze
Ambrose Hagi-Georgiou Bronze
Lottie Burnham Bronze
Molly Sheldon Bronze
Edie Murrell Bronze
Gabriella Adaway Bronze
Bertie Peacock Bronze
Ellie Beauchamp-Ward Bronze
Samantha Ellis Bronze
Reemah Lynch Bronze
James Pickering Bronze
Louisa Gravelle Bronze
Freddie Wiley Bronze
Lily Matthews Bronze
Michelle Boddey Bronze
Antoine Moore Bronze
Bernice Ukunzwe Bronze
Felix Perry Bronze
Joseph Flaherty Bronze
Daniel Burgess Highly commended
Emma Pesnedorfer-Jofre Highly commended
JJ Ruskin Highly commended
Kimberley Peci Highly commended
Amelia Toller Highly commended
Max Foster Highly commended
Harley Lellis-Ferreira Highly commended
David Orsulik Highly commended
Micah Sarkar Highly commended
Giulia Conway Highly commended
Aldora Chidley Highly commended
David O'Donoghue Highly commended
Bruno Waghorn Highly commended
Maya Robinson Highly commended
Arya Vahidi Highly commended
Francesca Borzini Highly commended
Finn Stowell-Smith Highly commended
Mary-Anthi Stratis Highly commended
Keira Collins Highly commended
Benjamin Dawson Highly commended
Angus Lennox Highly commended
Libby Occleston Highly commended
Ethan Howorth Highly commended
Yasmin Gaya-Martin Highly commended
Nell Pizey Highly commended
Joni Salillari Highly commended
Kai Rodrick Highly commended
Sara Qassam Highly commended
Olesya Belaya Highly commended
Fabiha Shiraz Commended
Joshua Jones Commended
Devon Beauchamp-ward Commended
Eva Costello Commended
Erin Engin-Bennett Commended
Ella Newberry Commended
Alexander Evans Commended
Gi'ada Del Colombo Commended
Kuba Binkowski Commended
Tom Green Commended
Adam Onoszko Commended
Suhanah Hussain Commended
Joshua Burkitt Commended
Jamila Omar Commended
Erin Brien Commended
Harry Showell Commended
William Tuck Commended
Ollie Hall Commended
Anson Lowe Commended
Laura Saavedra Commended
Omar Hasan Commended
Eleanor Browning Commended
Sasha Brealey Commended
Bailey Betteridge Commended
Mya Campbell Commended
Felix Moss Commended
Florrie Weston Commended
Calum Davies Commended
Daniel Atkinson Commended
Lottie Pavey-Humphrey Commended
Ben Ferrari Commended
Alexandra Mardar Commended
Aden Bryan Commended
Ethan Gerrell Commended
Solomon Bird Commended
Freddie Gow-Waldorf Commended
Daniel Cummerson Commended
Kane Daniel Commended
Roisin Mcbennett Commended
Hamda Elmi Commended

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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 @ http://alokjha.com/ 

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.

APS science department.

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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

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