Science Fun at Queen Anne's!
Friday 21st March 2014
This week, pupils and staff have been participating in the variety of events and activities organised by the Science department to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week 2014. Miss Robinson, Second in Science and Teacher of Biology, shares with us a round-up of Science Week at Queen Anne’s:
“On Monday 17 March, we welcomed over 230 Preparatory school students to Queen Anne’s to celebrate Science Week 2014. Professor Ian Dunne presented his ‘Science Magic…..Magic Science’ show, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Following this, there was a hotly contested quiz, which tested the student’s science knowledge and ability to answer questions under pressure. The event was a great success and we have received many emails of thanks. Some have even said that they can’t wait to come back next year! Our very own Queen Anne’s students also had the opportunity to see the wonderful show and went away with smiles on their faces and new scientific knowledge on board.
On Tuesday, the three Science departments braved the wind and rain to set up some science busking stalls in the quad. Despite the nasty weather and the subsequent need to head into the Science centre, we still drew a large crowd of interested participants. Activities included: the foam of death, woodlice roulette, smoke rings, dog training and much more!
We were delighted to welcome the Foundation Schools’ on Wednesday for a Science Festival with a twist. Each school chose six pupils to take part in the ‘Bunkered’ challenge, which involved a day full of activities and critical thinking. The aim: to try and save some of the population from an approaching asteroid. All involved thoroughly enjoyed the day and there was certainly a competitive atmosphere in the room. The Queen Anne’s team won the event with the highest score ever in this game and will take their place at the top of the leader board on the Aspire More Able website. Romily Hayward, 4s, also won the best competitor of the day.
On Thursday morning, the U4 took part in an inter-house Science quiz. This was another hotly contested event which saw Wisdome House win after a close fought contest. The poster competition was also launched and we look forward to receiving these entries and submitting some in to the national competition.
The final day of science week involved a science themed sweets and cakes stall. Not only did this raise awareness for Science and Engineering, it also raised some much needed funds for the charity Tutudesks.
Alongside all of these exciting activities, the L5 triple scientists also took part in the Biology challenge. This is a national competition which aims to encourage an interest in Biology beyond the school curriculum and stimulate curiosity in the natural world. We look forward to receiving the results shortly.
This week, the Science department have also installed some cameras to catch organisms at various stages of their life cycles. We have a camera on frog spawn and eagerly await the moment they hatch into tadpoles. We have a newly installed bird box with an internal camera, ready and waiting to house a new family. These two initiatives have been highly interesting, but the hit of the week has to have been the hatching chicks. The eggs arrived in school on Monday morning and the school waited with baited breath for the moment a gorgeous chick would hatch. That moment came on Wednesday morning, when we arrived to seven cute little chicks. Two more came along on Thursday morning to complete the family. The girls have been popping in and out of science all week and I am sure this interest will be maintained until next Friday, when they return to their homes.
It has been a hugely successful week and the Science department would like to thank everyone who has been involved.”
Written by Miss Robinson, Teacher of Biology, Wisdome Housemistress and L4 Co-ordinator
Please see below for a slideshow of photographs from the week: