This week we welcomed Year 6 children from local schools to St Edward’s Senior & Sixth Form to enjoy an action-packed STEM Day.
The children were tasked with exploring the origins of “a meteorite that has survived its journey through the atmosphere”. To do so, each pair of students looked at two cores of ice, melted them, and then carried out experiments to determine the amount of metal and dust in each layer. They then added sodium hydroxide to each solution to find out how much carbon dioxide was present, an indicator of the amount of pollution that may have taken place on the alien planet from which the meteorite originated.
From testing acids on metals, to extensive research and using microscopes to investigate signs of life, the Year 6 pupils were able to identify that the samples were from different periods in the alien planet’s life, and compare pollution levels.
At lunchtime, with the help of some of our Year 10 students, our visitors took part in a hunt around school to decipher an alien message from notes left in coded locations!
As well as providing a taste of life in our Senior School and an opportunity to experience hands-on Science in a laboratory, the event also taught our visiting students an important lesson about the impact of pollution and the importance of looking after our planet.
Senior School | 03/03/2020