Science week at JCoSS has been a resounding success. Based on the theme of ‘cold science’, it has seen our science faculty inspiring and enriching students, aiming to show off more of our passion for the subject. Events have included a birthday party for Einstein (his 135th, and still looking young for it), organised superbly by our Senior Technician Mrs Hancock, where students were able to explore some amazing and visually exciting phenomena such as friction and static electricity. We were regaled by a lecture given by Miss Garfield that looked at the possibility of life on icy moons and planets within our galaxy.
Students have also had the chance to investigate a crime, in order to prove which member of the science faculty committed a grisly (but thankfully fictitious) murder in the Heart Space here at school. All of the science faculty were suspects, but it was the suspicious attitude of Mrs Kaye, prowling the Heart Space, that inspired many students to examine the evidence in more detail. Throughout the week assemblies have been run by Mr Lyons and Mr Martin, who have utilised the possibilities of dry ice to both educate and ‘wow’ the watching students with the possibilities of ‘cold science’ (there were explosions!).
Close to 180 primary school students have also spent a day here at JCoSS getting a taste of the scientific methodology and lab equipment that they can look forward to in secondary schools. This was amazingly run by Mrs Jones (and many thanks to Mr Simons, Miss Wright and Mr Martin for the time they put into this and Mr Sterlini for the preparation and clean-up work). The final event of the week was the Science Fair: the standard of entry was incredibly high and I was blown away by the dedication, passion and attention to detail of our students.
1st Prize in the Science Fair went to Adam Gould, with Rebecca Saunders and James Nathan, for their video and animation about the effect of the temperature on the moon on some simple experiments
2nd Prize went to Tal Cohen and Nicole Clif for their ‘science of cold cooking’ demonstrations.
3rd Prize went to Jordan Kenward and Joey Nunes-Dinerstein for their demonstration and video explaining (and proving) why Pluto is/was the coldest planet in our solar system.
I want to say a huge amount of thanks to all my staff in the science faculty, and other staff in the school who helped out with various events throughout the week. It was a huge success and I can’t wait until next year.
Mr A Macaulay
Head of Faculty – Science