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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

Queen Mary's Physicists of the Year

Two APS Physics students have been awarded the Queen Mary's University Physicist of the Year award.  Queen Mary University run this award to allow different schools across London to reward a GCSE student for their contribution and aptitude for physics.  Kelly Fitzgerald, year 12 and Liliana Newsam-Smith, year 10, attended an awards evening at Queen Mary University last week, which consisted of a lecture and several demonstrations.  Here are the reasons why Kelly and Liliana were nominated.

Kelly was nominated for her consistently impressive physics exam results and her enthusiasm for the primary school science club, where she planned and lead science club sessions at a local primary school.  Liliana was nominated for her impressive physics exam results and for her enthusiasm for the Highgate masterclasses.

Congratulations to both students.


APS Sixth Formers Spark Science Excitement in Haringey Primary Schools

Twenty eight year 12 students at Alexandra Park Sixth Form were presented with their CREST Silver awards last night in recognition for their outstanding contribution to science education and inspiration across Haringey Primary Schools including Rhodes Avenue, Bowes, Muswell Hill, Hollickwood, Tetherdown, Coldfall, Bounds Green, St Martin of Porres and Our Lady of Muswell.

crest 01Students undertook an intensive programme of planning and delivering weekly science lessons and experiments to primary schools across the Borough, ranging from studying how suspension bridges stay upright, how sour should sherbet be and the science behind volcanoes. 

In total over 300 primary school pupils benefited from the inspirational hands-on science lessons delivered by the APS Sixth Formers.

Mr Henry Hammond, Science Director at APS and organiser of the programme said, “we spend 5 weeks training these wonderful Y12 students, they then deliver up to 15 hour long science club sessions at the primary school they are working with. The Y12s plan, risk assess and evaluate each session. This dissemination model means many more primary students benefit from extra science support than if we as staff ran these sessions.”

crest 02Maya Vihidi who volunteered at Muswell Hill Primary School agreed saying, “this has to be one of the best things I have done. The planning and delivery of a 4 month long project was daunting but the energy and enthusiasm of the primary pupils was contagious.”

Another APS volunteer when asked if this experience has influenced her to follow a career in Science said “most definitely. My plans are to read Robotics at Imperial, let them try and stop me." 

crest 03Mr James Wilshire, Headteacher of Muswell Hill Primary School, was impressed with the dedication of the students. He said, “the delivery of 16 full on, engaging science sessions through an entire school year would be daunting enough prospect for a trained specialist teacher. I have been blown away by the positive impact this project has had on our children”

The CREST Silver Award is presented to students who enrich their science studies through an extended project. They require around 30 hours of project work where students develop their own project idea and gain experience of going through the scientific process.

crest 04Presenting the Awards Clare Harvey, CEO of the Ogden Trust, the leading Physics education and inspiration charity said of the APS students, “the work they have done is exceptional. Grass routes projects such as these are how we will engage the scientists of the future”

Alexandra Park School Headteacher, Mr Michael McKenzie, adds, “We have a simple goal at APS; to change the way science is perceived of and taught across this country. This primary partners project is a vital link in this aim."