Concord

celebrates British Science Week

Monday March 19, 2018

Last week, Concord took part in British Science Week. British Science Week is a campaign run by the British Science Association, which consists of a ten-day celebration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), from the 9th – 18th March. The ten days serve as a platform to stimulate teachers, students, STEM professionals and science communicators, and encourages everyone in the UK to produce and participate in STEM events and activities. Mr Brown, Head of Science said: “I know what you’re thinking; every week at Concord is a Science Week”. However, our Science Department organised an array of enriching extracurricular activities for our students. Such activities included a thought-provoking lecture on medical ethics, exploration into ‘the secrets of the teenage brain’, and a science-inspired treasure hunt in the Science Block. Over 70 students attended the lectures and, through on-the-door collections, the students have helped raise money for the Severn Hospice charity. Other hands-on activities involved paper-aeroplane and parachute challenges, experiments with shock-sensitive (and explosive) chemicals, and the dissection of cockroaches, exploring their breathing systems. “The group performed some skillful dissections and produced wonderful slides to show the breathing tubes (or tracheae) of these amazing creatures”, said Mr Brown. Pupils described the practical lesson as ‘exciting’ and ‘interesting’, and ‘a spectacular way to end British Science Week.’ Over the ten days, Science Department staff devised ‘recommended reading lists’ too, from advanced reading, complex theories and mindfulness, to fun and disbelieving stories and quirky experiments. Mr Brown: “The reading lists have provoked lovely comments. “A parent also noted how it had helped her son make links between his strengths in English and the sciences. “A number of non-science staff members have received the lists very positively too and are planning on delving into many of these books.”