Stevenage school gets message across that science is everywhere

Children from Round Diamond Primary School, one of six primary schools to visit The Nobel School dur

Children from Round Diamond Primary School, one of six primary schools to visit The Nobel School during the science week. Picture: The Nobel School - Credit: Archant

Kids of all ages enjoyed finding out about all things scientific during a week of experiments and more at a Stevenage school.

Some of the overall science fair winners. Picture: The Nobel School

Some of the overall science fair winners. Picture: The Nobel School - Credit: Archant

Classes from six primary schools came in as part of the science week at The Nobel School, which followed the theme ‘Science is Everywhere’.

The week was spearheaded by Nobel director of science Amy Pearson, who said the highlight was the Nobel Science Fair – in which 60 students competed to win a place at the national Big Bang Fair.

“The whole week was a huge success, with activities going on every day,” said Mrs Pearson.

“We had seven classes in from the local primary schools and held Nobel Thinks talks every lunchtime, from dentistry to lions.

“The A-level students and triple scientists in Year 11 had talks from external speakers in biology, chemistry and physics.

“Zoo lab was a great success, with some of Years 7 to 10 attending workshops in the hall to learn about animals and their adaptations.”

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The school has organised trips to the Faraday Challenge in Stevenage, the Salters’ chemistry festival in Cambridge, European nuclear research organisation CERN in Switzerland, and the Diamond Light Source in London.

Mrs Pearson said: “All students in Years 7 to 10 had special science week lessons and were given the opportunity to take part in the biology challenge, many gaining certificates for this.

“All year groups learned about the importance that Science is Everywhere in their assembly, and looked at ways to look after the science around us.”

She thanked the school’s science team, its sixth-form science ambasssadors, the primary school teachers and the speakers for all their help.

The overall winners at the science fair were Becca Wicksey and Faleeda Rennie from Year 7 for their investigation into how different drinks affect our teeth.

Other winners were making ice cream (Rhea D’Souza, Grace Elliot, Paige Abrey and Shauna Edwards-Ettienne), the human body (Vinay Dholakia), the five-second rule (Hywel Evans, Madwyn Scott and Ella-May Houchen), growing seeds (Aqil Rehman and Thomas Osborn) and programming (Jacob Wickens, Max Hubbard and Ethan Taylor).

Nobel School science technician Jemma Savo said the week could not have been so successful without the passion and hard work of Mrs Pearson, who she called “an inspiring teacher”.

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