Concord

celebrates British Science Week with ‘inspiring’ experiments

Tuesday March 19, 2019

Concord recently celebrated British Science Week – a ten-day celebration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), run by the British Science Association. The BSA state that “British Science Week provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.” As well as careers, the campaign provides an opportunity to inspire, enrich and have fun in learning, exploring science from a different perspective. Concord’s Head of Science, Mr Barry Brown said: “At this time of year, with exams approaching, our students can get very focused on revision and preparation. “It was a great opportunity to remind them of all the elements of STEM in their daily lives and a chance to go above and beyond the curriculum specification.” Over the course of a week, Concord’s science teachers hosted a wide selection of exciting experiments and demonstrations. Notable highlights included a rat dissection, a chain reaction, chemiluminescence, the ‘whoosh bottle’, a cannon fire, an aerospace engineering challenge and much more. Teachers hosted several follow-up workshops, exploring theories based on the experiments. For example, the challenge of making paper aeroplanes to hit a target seemed simple, but Physics teacher, Mr Andrew Normand took the opportunity to speak to students about advanced principles of lift and wing design. Reflecting on the week, Mr Brown said: “One could argue that in a place like Concord, where so many students already opt to study science A-levels and with such amazing facilities, we don’t need to push careers in science. “But, whether scientists or not, it encouraged staff and students to choose a wider selection of reading, get involved in practical science and enabled those with a passing interest to continue enjoying science. “Science is involved in our daily lives and it’s been heartening to see so much engagement. “Personally, my favourite part of the week was seeing the students taking such enjoyment from the activities on offer and reminding us all that learning can be a lot of fun!”