APS News

Rolls Royce Science Prize – Finalists!

We were extremely proud to partake in the award ceremony for the Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology. Over the past 2 years Mr Marshall, Mr Adams, Ms Harrold, Ms Pearl, Mr Hammond, and Joe Hart (industry VR expert) have been introducing Virtual Reality (VR) to Y10 and Y12 students.

Our Y10 students had the opportunity to take VR headsets home in order to investigate the potential for VR to be used as a substitute for computer based remote learning. They joined Mr Marshall and Mr Adams on the surface of the moon to complete a lesson on Newton’s Laws. They also visited Antarctica with their families to learn about biological conservation in the region. The Y12 product design students used VR to help with their architectural design project. Traditionally they make small models of bus stops which meet local needs in the community. Ms Harrold and Ms Pearl led their classes through using VR to help iteratively design their bus shelters and then view them in true 1:1 scale. Being able to walk around your final design is a completely different experience to a desktop model which confers huge benefits in making improvements.

We have received £6,000 of funding from Rolls-Royce and have used this to purchase VR equipment – we hope to continue to use this equipment over the coming years. Additionally, if there is any expertise in our parent community that would like to support the continuation of this project – please get in touch with Mr Marshall.

We would like to thank Satpaul Sall, our mentor from Rolls-Royce, and Debbie Duro, who organises the competition, for their support throughout the past two years. A rich experience for students, staff, and families, and one which will hopefully shape the future of education.

Year 12 CERN 360 Images

Come and join us with the latest photos from our annual Y12 trip to CERN. The students had the opportunity to meet and ask key questions of CERN scientists whilst we visited the ATLAS site and the Super Conductor Test Facility. The students found it extremely valuable and it will enhance their curriculum knowledge by embedding them in a rich contextual experience.

We invite you to join us with what they saw thanks to our new 360 camera. Check out the gallery as we toured Lake Geneva, Mont-Saleve, and CERN! In addition there is a 360 video of the cloud chamber that they have in the CERN museum, we will use this as a teaching tool in lessons to allow students to view cosmic rays.

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Third Annual APS KS2 Science Fair!

On Wednesday 26th of June, APS main hall was overflowing with nearly 100 amazing science projects from our local primary schools. The Science Fair day offered KS2 pupils with the best projects the opportunity to see others' projects, explain their work to the judges, complete a lab sessions at APS, see a science show and have a chance of winning an award and prize!

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The quality of the projects was incredible, with topics like ‘how could we survive on Mars, ‘how will brexit affect fruit and vegetable standards’, ‘global pollution’, ‘robotics’, ‘non-newtonian fluids’, ‘density’ and many more! The students from Y3-Y6 explained their projects amazingly often with excellent practical demonstrations. Over the course of the day, the project stands were visited by 100s of KS3 pupils as well as staff and judges.

On the day we were also joined by seven teach maths and physics interns and five STEM ambassadors, this provided excellent careers links, guidance, and an unbiased supply of judges! As well as displaying their project, the primary students also attended two workshop sessions, 1 making bath bombs and the other on balanced forces. We could not have run this day without the help and support form a brilliant Y7 STEAM club and a team of Y10 and Y12 helpers so huge thanks to you guys too.

Thanks for a fabulous competition last week – thoroughly enjoyed it and was very impressed by the standard of the entries! It was great to have the STEM ambassadors supporting the event too, I hope to support them working with more local schools and competitions next year. Julia Scannell – Lead improvement partner for Haringey education partnership
Thanks so much for doing the science fair, we enjoyed it the whole time! Archie & Hannah – Yr6
We loved the day and wish we could do it all over again now! Thandi, Jessica and Max
Just to congratulate you and your school team on arranging and running today’s mighty event at APS for so many of the local Primary Schools. It was a pleasure and honour to be able to witness such wonderful standards in science achieved by Ys6/5 and 4 children. Furthermore, you demonstrated just how it is possible to manage so many children so effectively (with help of your secondary school students) without a microphone. I know my fellow STEM Ambassadors were equally impressed. It was such a good initiative to get University students into the school for a few days to see how secondary schools operate and whether they might wish to think of teaching as a profession. It was also clear that the children really valued the chance to investigate science topics (many outside the set Primary syllabus) and gained considerable confidence in preparing and presenting their projects – mainly as teams, but some on their own. They also enjoyed themselves in the process in a different environment.Peter Holtby STEM ambassador

APS Astronomy Evening huge success

On Valentine's day 2019, Alexandra Park School's science department fell in love with the stars as we hosted an evening of astronomy.

Steve Fossey of UCL and the Mill Hill observatory kicked the evening off with a fascinating retelling of the night he and his team discovered a supernova, which was followed by 2 hours of observing the night sky through the school's telescopes. Highlights of the evening included the STEAM club's homemade telescopes giving clear and highly magnified images of the Moon's surface, and a breath-taking view of the Orion nebula through the school's larger refracting telescope thanks to the fortuitous weather.

I've never used a telescope before! It was interesting to see stars from a different perspective, and Ill never forget itEddie
It was goodCharlie
I went to the Astronomy Observation evening thinking it would be a waste of time (in the cold!) but then I found out that it was really cool and fun!Elsie, 7A
I have never seen the moon that close up before! It was so detailed!>Marin, 7X
I thought fun and interesting to learn about astronomy and see the stars and the moon through a telescope I also found it very interesting when Steve Fossey was talking about supernovasAmelia, 7A
It was extremely enjoyable to learn about supernovas and how they start and end. I also enjoyed using the telescopes we made to see the stars (even if it was quite difficult)Bethany, 7L