Science Week at CGS
We have been lucky to receive a British Science Association award to support our activities and we are very grateful for their generous contribution. This year's theme is ‘Journeys’ and we are approaching this in different ways.
Throughout the week all year 7 students are completing the James Dyson engineering challenge in their science lessons, designing building and testing a boat capable of supporting 2kg. The ‘Journey’ being the process of concept to product. We are expecting great things and probably a lot of mess.
Year 8 are focusing on flight. They are receiving a visit from a Wildcat helicopter from RNAS Yeovilton and a range of talks on aeronautical design, engineering and how a helicopter flies. They will also take time out of the curriculum making gliders from Depron and finding the centre of mass before testing the flight of their creations.
Year 9 will spend three lessons completing an engineering challenge building a marble run roller-coaster and then former student Tracey Poole (Managing Consultant for Atkins, an engineering consultancy) will present a talk on autonomous vehicles and how they can support people with mobility issues.
Years 9 and 10 will also receive two lectures. On Monday 11 March, Dr Jon Copley will speak to the students on Ocean Exploration. Dr Copley is an Associate Professor in Oceanography at the University of Southampton and an award winning writer and communicator of science. More recently he has been featured on the Blue Planet series and is their scientific advisor. It is interesting that two of his upcoming talks are at the Hay Literary festival and at the Oxford University Biological Society. More information on Jon’s work can be found here
On Thursday 14 March, Dr Clare Leonard will talk about developments in nutrition and her career in the food industry. Clare currently works in Atlanta, USA as Global Director of Nutrition and Innovation for Coca-Cola. She previously was Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Nutrition for Kraft Foods Europe and she chairs the Food Drink Europe Science Committee.
On Friday 15 March, a group of students from several year groups are attending an all-day workshop based around the life of Lise Meitner, who worked as a Nuclear Physicist.
In addition to this, on Saturday 9 March Mr Lynch is continuing his excellent work of Science Outreach by taking Colyton's Science Ambassadors to run hands-on activities at the family day at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth.