British Science WeekPosted: 17th March 2020
A school technician was poisoned and an eyeball was dissected – it must be British Science Week!
Students at Royal Docks Academy were treated to a week of exciting hands-on experiments and tasks to celebrate the core subject.
In Year 7, students were challenged to make their own fizzing sherbet by establishing the right volumes of ingredients, as well as considering how they would package and market their product.
In Year 8, students had to turn detective to solve the mystery of their science technician being poisoned.
They learnt about different types of evidence, how to treat a crime scene and what clues to look out for.
They examined the scene and CCTV evidence and considered witness statements before the detectives turned forensic scientists as they examined hair samples, carried out chromatography on pen ink and looked at footprints.
During lunchtimes, a science pop-up gave all students a chance to take part in demonstrations and enter competitions.
Rouf Miah, head of faculty science, said: “The week ended with an extravagant and explosive evening with Science Open Evening. Parents, students and visitors were able to experience a world of demonstrations, including taking part in the dissection of hearts, inflate lungs, rats and eyeballs.
“To end the spectacular evening, all visitors signed their names on ping pong balls which were placed into a container with liquid nitrogen. The big bang caused it to rain ping pong balls! One ball was picked out as the winner of the draw.
“The aim of Science Week was to raise awareness of science and provide experiences for all students, as well as the public, to show how it is part of everyone’s lives.
“It was an opportunity to broaden students’ learning beyond the curriculum scope and demonstrate how fun, engaging and extravagant science can be.”