From bloodhounds to boa constrictors: Science Week 2015 at Ark Elvin Academy

Ark Elvin marked British Science Week 2015 with a programme of enrichment activities. An engineer from the Bloodhound SSC team addressed KS3 during community time and year 13 physics students about their challenge to break the world land speed record. They have already broken the sound barrier and are aiming for 1000mph. This was followed up by a workshop for a year 9 class who made and raced balloon kit cars.

A Ph.D student visited a year 10 class to run a workshop on the brain and careers in cognitive neuroscience. We were also fortunate to have a mechanical engineer give a talk about her route through academia and her work on road safety in developing countries.

The Reptile Roadshow proved sensational once again this year. Every student in year 9 had the chance to get close to a variety of fascinating reptiles, including a boa constrictor. All the science faculty, particularly the technicians, worked tirelessly through lunchtimes and after school to provide fun challenges and workshops.

Well done to the winners of the paper glider challenge:

  • 1st: Yash (year 7)
  • 2nd: Hitaxi (year 7)
  • 3rd: Hetvi (year 7)

And the winners of the marble challenge:

  • 1st: Mohamed S (year 9)
  • 2nd: Hetvi, Urvisha, and Hitaxi (year 7)
  • 3rd: Sumayah and Nikesha (year 7)

Congratulations also to Mohamed S (year 9), Yash (year 7), Dina (year 7), Priyanka (year 7), and Elena (year 7) who made winning cable cars. Prizes and house points have been awarded to the worthy winners in all categories.

Competitions, quizzes, building the tallest tower, making slime, dissections, chemistry demonstrations and a film screening also featured as part of the extra- curricular fun. We are pleased that we were able to show practical applications of science outside the classroom as well as enthuse and inspire the next generation of students towards a lifelong love of science through these enrichment activities.