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Year 9 pupils celebrate British Science Week

Published Thursday 5th of April 2018 10:35:32 AM

Pupils in Year 9 attended a series of specialised science lessons to celebrate British Science Week, which ran from 12th to the 17th March. All Year 9 pupils attended special Biology, Physics and Chemistry lessons, which involved a ‘Wild and Deadly Bug Show’, special Chemistry experiments where milk was turned to plastic, and ‘The Grand Physics Show’, which was also attended by Year 10 pupils, featuring physics experiments including fire tornadoes, light sabres and giant smoke rings. Pupils from Millfield Prep and Elmhurst Junior School also attended the Wild and Deadly Bug Show. As well as attending the lessons, all Year 9 pupils prepared a poster as prep in conjunction with the Biology lesson. The pupils profiled their favourite bug from the Wild and Deadly Bug Show, which included information about its common name, Latin name, a photo, and information about it’s habitat, diet, life cycle and lifespan. Various pupils found the special lessons interesting: at ‘The Grand Physics Show’, Year 10 Megan Rundle, said, “My favourite experiment was the smoke rings as they were really impressive. Volunteers aimed the rings into the audience and used them to fill the room. The show was exciting, got the pupils involved and taught us something new about Physics with every experiment.” Year 9 Emily Bradshaw especially enjoyed the Wild and Deadly Bug Show. She said, “The Wild and Deadly Bug show was really interesting. First the presenter, Nick, showed us a millipede and explained to us how millions of years ago, when there were only bugs and sea creatures, millipedes could grow to be up to 2 metres long. I definitely know a lot more about bugs than I did before.” In the Chemistry lesson, Year 9 Rosa Launder explained the experiment: “At the start of the practical, the milk contained separate molecules of a protein called casein. During the practical, we heated the milk over a Bunsen burner until it was warm. We then added some red/orange food colouring and five tablespoons of white wine vinegar. The acidic vinegar made the casein molecules clump together – they went from being individual monomers to forming a polymer. We then rinsed and dried the solid plastic. This practical was really interesting, and was a great way for people to become further interested in Chemistry, by doing something interesting and fun at the same time.”
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