There is always lots going on in the Science department and this academic year has been no exception! Our weekly Science club has seen many Year 7 and 8 pupils developing their fascination and understanding of the subject through various activities including flame tests, coin plating and bridge building.
This year nine of our Year 9 pupils had the opportunity to take part in the EDT GO4SET project. They had to research different methods of temperature control and use this research to create solutions to keeping cool in hot environments and keeping warm in cold environments. It was a 10 week project, beginning with a launch event where they had to display their work on a stand and give a presentation at BP headquarters in Sunbury. They all successfully graduated from the programme as industrial cadets. We also had six of our Year 12 students complete the EDT Engineering Education Scheme in which they undertook a 6 month project to create a solution for a real world problem. From their background research they decided to design and create a product that could be used to generate energy from natural resources. The success criteria involved giving a presentation to a panel of industry specialists and producing a display board and we are pleased to announce that they all achieved the industrial cadet gold award.
An exciting new opportunity allowed our Year 10 pupils to join forces with their counterparts at Chelsea Academy to attend a Space Science Masterclass. Lead by an expert from the National Space Academy, topics included manned space exploration, observing the universe and rocket design. The day climaxed with students launching their homemade rockets, not into space but impressively high above the yellow courtyard!
As part of the BTEC Science Level 3 course students have visited the National Physics Laboratory as well as the University of West London to have a workshop on personal statement writing. Building on the successes of last year we have had a high number of BTEC Science students being offered places at universities such as Brunel, Cardiff, Reading and Portsmouth and for courses that include Radiography, Computer Science, Pharmacy, Optometry and Neuroscience.
We have had numerous Year 13 students taking part in the British Biology Olympiad and the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad. The aim of these competitions is to challenge and stimulate students with an interest in Biology and Chemistry to expand and extend their talents. Students worked very hard to prepare themselves and we were very pleased that students had successes in bronze, silver and gold awards in the two examinations. Sixth Form scientists also enjoyed a wide range of extra-curricular trips and visits. A particular highlight was the Year 12 residential trip to CERN where pupils were able to visit the vast Data Centre where collision results are analysed and the world's only Antimatter Factory is housed.
The school’s annual STEM week was another highlight with pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 taking part in lunchtime events ranging from making rockets, dissections and creating bath bombs as well as Science shows in the main hall. We also had a very successful diorama competition where pupils were invited to create a scale model of the school.
Science is a thriving subject at The Heathland School with more students than ever before choosing to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics or BTEC Science. We were able to celebrate a number of students beginning degrees in medicine and dentistry as well as engineering courses and we hope this will continue next year.