National Science Week
Monday 18th March 2013
The Queen Anne’s Science Department are running a whole host of activities as part of National Science and Engineering Week. Events are run throughout the UK, with the aim of celebrating science, engineering and technology and its importance in our lives. Queen Anne’s certainly played its part and we hosted pupils from a number of local schools.
On Friday 15 March all of the 4s took part in a forensic science event at school. This was an exciting and enjoyable event with quality science to show what a job as a professional forensic scientist is like. The day involved trying to solve an aggravated burglary. The girls acted as SOCOs (scene of crime officers) wearing full scene kit consisting of white suits, masks and gloves to recover evidence from the scene and find out exactly what had happened. They did a range of practicals to analyse the evidence such as blood spatter patterns, fingerprints (magna brush and lifting), DNA profiles (including familial), ink and handwriting analysis, and foam, paint, hair and fibre matching. The girls had to find out who was guilty by examining and interpreting the evidence they collected. The day culminated with an exciting trial in which students role-played the judge, jury, barrister, forensic scientist, accused and police officer wearing court costume. This was run by a former forensic scientist with more than twenty-five years experience. It was a truly inspirational day, with several girls now keen to look into the possibility of a career as a forensic scientist. Queen Anne’s also hosted another CSI day for a large number of girls from local prep schools on Monday 18 March.
On Friday 15 March a number of L4 girls braved the wet weather and took part in a national campaign to help save our bees, by planting bee friendly plants in the school grounds, up near Michell House. This campaign aims to raise the awareness of the important role that bees play in helping to pollinate our food crops. There has been a steady decline in bee populations over the last few years which could have major implications for the world’s food supply if nothing is done to reverse it.
On Monday 18 March all of the L4s, L5s and some Sixth Formers experienced ‘Jonathan’s Jungle Road Show’. The presentation featured a range of animals, including tropical species of invertebrates and reptiles. Everyone had the opportunity to touch and handle the animals. Jonathan Cleverly, who ran the event, has worked with Steve Backshall on CBBCs ‘Deadly 60’ and has a superb knowledge about the animals he showed us. The girls had a most memorable and informative session. It was great to see how several girls who initially were rather nervous of the animals were keen to handle them by the end of the show and begun to see them in a new light. The L5s were particularly well-engaged during their session.
Also on Monday 18 March there was an inter-house science quiz for all the U4s, which proved to be a tightly fought contest. Webbe House were announced the final winners and received their prizes.
Members of the U4s have also entered the national ‘What a waste’ competition. This is an imaginative nationwide school competition to get the girls to think about all the things that are put in the bin every day. They have to come up with an invention that is made from waste materials, or something that could help use up waste in novel way. The best entries will be entered for the National competition with the chance to win a Kindle fire and there will be prizes for the best school entries.
The girls also had the opportunity to enter the national online survey called ‘Calls of the Wild’ which aims to gain a deeper understanding into the emotions evoked by certain natural sounds. This was organised in partnership with researchers from the Universities of Salford and Surrey.