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Sixth form Lead Primary Science Club

In a continuation of our program from the last two years, our sixth form students have been delivering science clubs in local primary schools. The feedback form the primary science leaders has been exceptionally positive. You can tell form these student comments that our year 12 students are thoroughly enjoying the experience too.

Science teaching has been an incredibly rewarding and interesting experience, which I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to do. Watching the year fours grow in confidence and knowledge and find so much passion in both our lessons and science has been enriching and a real pleasure. Liliana Newsam-Smith 12X
Teaching the years 4s science at Rhodes Avenue gave me a new perspective on the classroom environment and was a lot of fun getting involved in loads of practicals and activities. I would really recommend this enrichment activity to anyone. Sophia Amin 12S
I have really enjoyed teaching the year 4 students at Rhodes Avenue Primary School. Though I am not studying science at A-Level, I am still interested in the subject and this enrichment has allowed me to carry this interest further. The enthusiasm that the students have shown has been really fulfilling. Eva Laverty 12E
Teaching at Trinity Academy over the course of the past weeks- the interaction with the kids allowed me to understand how the teaching experience feels. I was able to learn more about the children, giving me the opportunity to create individual relationship with each student. At the end of the day, their engagement and happiness was what satisfied me the most. Zuzanna Radlo 12L
Teaching science lessons in Trinity Academy has helped me develop so many skills such as being more patient, communicating more and being more organised. I have enjoyed teaching every single one of them as they have all been interested and been more engaged in their own science lessons. Sahra Berkpinar 12P
Teaching was always a career I was interested since I was a little child in primary school and this enrichment helped me experience the organisation skills and making the kids happy and teaching them about science, it has been an amazing and educational ride as the kids learnt about science I also got to experience what it was like being a teacher.Mizgin Kalay 12N
Being at my old primary school Trinity Primary Academy and teaching year 3 has been the best experience; I have enjoyed every moment of it and wish to continue doing it for a few more weeks. I have gained quite a lot of skills such as being patient with the younger kids and learning how important it is for me to be organised, I have loved educating the kids and allowing them to see science in a different view to learn as well as having fun.Rozerin Koz 12K

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Atoms day at Hollickwood Primary

Our strong collaboration with the Ogden trust continues to support science teaching & learning in local primary schools. This term we have been working with Geraldine cox the artist in residence at Imperial College London, culminating in four academics delivering a whole day’s art science workshop on atoms for year 4 students at Hollickwood primary.atomskid 2.1

You know something magical is happening when you ask Y4 students ‘which colour light makes electrons move fastest’ and they all say ‘Blue light’! Here they are dancing out how electons are excited by different coloured light.atomskid 1.1


Xmas Lecture 2018

The APS Christmas lecture is an annual highlight of our science and maths specialism program. This year we had even more to celebrate as our very own Mr Nichols delivered a fascinating, insightful and entertaining talk on his other life as a shark researcher, conservationist and enthusiast. The talk was a visual spectacle including many of Mr Nichols own pictures and videos.

On the evening in addition to the talk we had some beautiful music from the APS chamber choir, warming refreshments organised by APSA and I must thank the student operators of the our helium filled remote control shark and fish, the spot light operators and the dry ice handlers. Thanks too to the three hundred strong audience of all ages for the excellent questions and generally for being a brilliant audience.

I liked that the talk shared a lot of new facts and taught me a lot of things like humans are responsible for more shark deaths than humans for shark deaths, I also like how he let you touch some shark skin and handed out small shark teeth. Ben Yr 9
I think the shark talk was very informative and that Mr Nicholls is very lucky to have had such amazing experiences... I would love to learn more about Sharks around the world and hope there will be another shark talk soon...Anna Bauss Yr 8
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I liked the shark talk because it was interesting. I love animals and anything about animals so it was a treat to learn about the animal I had no idea about.Eva Yr 9
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What I like about Mr Nicholls shark talk is that in every talk he always adds something new so I never stop going to his talks. The choir was also very nice and a great way to start the talk. Lucila Yr 9

2018 Physics Trip to CERN

On our annual visit, led this year by Mr Oakes, to the largest particle accelerator in the world, we had the pleasure of visiting one of the leading particle decelerators. The antimatter factory holds the record for the largest number of anti-matter atoms and looks to discover why there is not more antimatter in the observable universe. Fran Panteli reports on our activities on the trip.

On our annual visit, led this year by Mr. Oakes, to the largest particle accelerator in the world, we had the pleasure of visiting one of the leading particle decelerators. The antimatter factory holds the record for the largest number of anti-matter atoms and looks to discover why there is not more antimatter in the observable universe. Fran Panteli reports on our activities on the trip.

Situated in and underneath Geneva, CERN is home to particle detector such as ATLAS and ALICE and the LHC – the largest particle accelerator in the world; consisting of a torus of some 27 km diameter. In visiting this revolutionary site and its two museums, we learned about the colossal international collaboration of its over 20 member states. We were able to experience first handily the scale of this alliance, needed from the discovery subatomic particles such as the famed Higgs Boson, to CERNs creation of the World Wide Web in order to help process their some 25 petabytes of data produced per year.
After swimming in Geneva’s natural freshwater lake, Lac Léman, we were then treated to a boat ride across its waters. The quaintness of Geneva’s Old Town is prevalent as one walks through its streets, with mountains glistening in the horizon, which divide Geneva from the French border. Along the lines of these mountains were the faint lines of cable cars, which we used to ride up the mountain on the last day of our stay. From the top, we were subjected to stunning views of both Geneva and CERN, which words will do no justice. These views highlighted the extent to which CERNs application of physics is truly across all borders, encompassing some 10,000 scientists, PhD students and engineers from around the world. Thank you to everybody involved in this highly inspirational experience, thoroughly enjoyed.Fran Panteli
The Geneva trip was really relaxing which was great after exams and also educational about modern science, for example learning about the GBar experiment which hasn't even been switched on yet.Saskia
We all really enjoyed the trip. Geneva was stunning especially the lake. The trip to CERN was exciting as we saw things that we've learnt about in the classroom. The visit also allowed us to learn facts that we otherwise wouldn't of been able to find out. The weather was also great which was especially nice for swimming in the lake and going on the cable car.Maddie, Maya and Maisy
Visiting CERN was as educational as it was inspiring. This was far from the only highlight of the trip, as we experienced everything from Geneva's amazing lake Lac Leman to a cable car trip up Mont Salève with breath-taking views of Geneva. The trip was invaluable, both for those interested in Physics, as we were able to see the application of science by people at the top of their field, and for those who simply wanted to experience the city. Either way, a great trip is guaranteed.Robbie, Ethan, Jim
We really enjoyed our time at CERN. The tours were very informative and inspirational. The visit showed the beauty of the innovation of physics into the world, as well as the importance of engineering and technicians. The tours also helped me understand how the particle accelerator works which will help me with my research pag.Our visit to CERNs large hadron collider and the components of which the institution consisted of allowed me to see how and why something that we use everyday such as the Internet was created ,which was very interesting. Furthermore, in addition to the visit to CERN, we also got to enjoy the city of Geneva by participating in activities, such as swimming in 'Lac Leman' and exploring the 'Old Town'. Geneva was a city full of culture and passion and we won't ever forget this experience.Alicem, Eridona, Bedirhan, Naiden, Granit, Haider, Alex b, Marianna

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