Year 8 pupils were able to explore Science both in and out of School on Monday morning with some pupils attending the Gloucestershire Schools’ Christmas Lectures, whilst others took part in a series of exciting lab experiments at School.

The purpose of the Gloucestershire Schools’ Christmas Lectures is to bring some of the STEM shows from the Cheltenham Science Festival to school pupils in order to inspire and engage them in STEM.

There were two interactive lectures for our students to enjoy. The first was from Antonia Foster, a virtual reality developer, who explored the details of the moon landing, talking about the unsung heroes who made it all possible.

The second lecture came from biologist Simon Watt, who spoke about genetics, DNA, mutations and gene therapy, exploring whether it might be possible to one day use genetics to make ‘superhumans’.

Back at School, students participated in various experiments during a practical Science Workshop. In the workshop they made plastic from milk and extracted DNA from their cheeks, creating pendants from the resulting cells. They also made towers of spaghetti. Each of the experiments explored and tested our students’ knowledge of Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Both the Lectures and the in-house Workshop were a fantastic way for our students to further develop their Scientific knowledge and increase their understanding of a range of topics.