STEAM in Science
The Science department offers a wide variety of STEAM activities. This provides students who are passionate about science or considering a career in a STEAM based environment with invaluable enrichment opportunities.
In Years 7 and 8 a Science club is run by staff and supported by post 16 students in the Autumn and Spring terms. Students are invited to attend and experience a number of practical activities that are linked to everyday applications of science. The Year 8 cohort also take part in the science department’s water day during curriculum enrichment week. They really enjoy learning about water and go on to achieve a Bronze CREST Award. Year 7 students attend a trip to Whipsnade Zoo and this is linked to the science curriculum and teaches them about how animals and plants adapt to their habitats.
Year 9 students are involved in a STEAM activity day and this is run during British Science Week. This is a cross curricular opportunity and the Maths and Design Technology departments are also involved. Students in Year 9 are also invited to take part in an event run through EDT Engineering called Carbon Capture. This encourages students to consider ways in which carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced to tackle the problems caused by global warming. Students involved are awarded a Bronze CREST award on completion.
In Year 10 students students take part in the Live Operating Theatre and a DNA day run by GSK. A team of science students also take part in the MBDA Glider Challenge. Year 11 students participate in Space Day that is an exciting opportunity to investigate our planet and universe. At Key Stage 5 all science subjects offer students Olympiads to stretch and challenge them. Each department also runs specific activities including Physics and Biology in Action and a Spectroscopy session for chemists. These are all done at universities in London.