British Science Week at Queen Anne’s School
Wednesday 14th March 2018
Science Week kicked started on Monday morning with the Junior Science Festival. We were delighted to be joined by girls from High March School, Rupert House School, Caversham Primary School, Whitchurch Primary School and Hall Grove School.
The festival was a great success and featured opportunities for the girls to conduct some colourful chemistry experiments in the laboratories. There was also a quiz, which was designed to challenge participants and explore their scientific knowledge and ability to problem solve. This involved answering a variety of biology, chemistry and physics questions and 2 making challenges.
On Tuesday the U4 were able to experience a day of Forensic Science and Maths Puzzles.
We were visited by a representative from Tablet Academy who ran the Forensic Science sessions in the biology labs throughout the day. Their task was to solve a ‘crime’ by finding conclusive evidence at the crime scene in a separate lab. Clues were found scanning QR Codes and scanning the scene with a UV light for fingerprints and evidence. After discovering the evidence, and working as a team, the girls collected and analysed their data to solve who committed the crime.
In the School Hall girls also had fun solving a variety of mathematical puzzles.
On Wednesday the L6 were introduced to two tutorials in Neuroscience, ‘Brains for Psychologists’ and ‘Brains for Biologists’, both of which were hosted by Dr Guy Sutton.
In the morning they looked at ‘The Working Brain’, which focused on basic brain anatomy, neuroplasticity and the brain and brain imaging. ‘The Shattered Mind’ looked at damaged brains, mental illness and crime, 21st Century explanations of OCD and the brain and schizophrenia.
The morning session finished with a sheep brain dissection. Here they learned about brain anatomy, brain development, the corpus callosum and split brains. There was a discussion about how much brain we can lose and the case of hemispherectomy and recovery of function.
The first talk of the afternoon session, ‘Brains for Biologists’, featured nerve cells, drugs and brain function. We then heard about comparative neuroanatomy, where the girls looked at the brain anatomy across species, accompanied by a sheep dissection. The final talk of the afternoon was based around the working, damaged and degenerating brain; here the girls heard about genes and the brain and the neurobiology and neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
Such a fantastic and inspiring day for the Lower Sixth!
We are delighted to be hosting our third BrainCanDo conference. The theme for the day is ‘Pathways from Neuroscience to the Classroom’.
The developments in the fields of neuroscience and technology over the last 20 years have given psychologists and neuroscientists greater access to information on brain function and development. For the past five years, BrainCanDo has been working with teachers and pupils together with university collaborators to further understand how evidence from neuroscience and psychology can be translated into educational practice.
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