St Edward’s Senior & Sixth Form Science and Maths staff organised some wonderful activities, both in and out of the classroom in celebration of British Science Week (BSW).
British Science Week (BSW) is an annual event, run over 10 days throughout the whole of the UK. Thousands of events take place to celebrate science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM).
A highlight of the week at School was Thursday’s ‘Science Spectacular!’. Students were wowed by an array of exciting and visually impressive science experiments, including conjuring fire without a spark, setting Methane bubbles alight and making Jelly Babies scream to name just a few.
At the end of the week students came together to participate in a STEM quiz. Working in House Teams, students from across the year groups tackled three rounds of Science and Maths based conundrums. The tasks included identifying the names of objects found in space from a list of words missing vowels and a worksheet of tricky mental maths problems. They were also challenged to answer a selection of questions which required them to draw on their scientific knowledge to identify famous scientists, spot chemical elements, and identify which animals some pictures of skulls belonged to! After the answer sheets had been collected in and marked, More House were declared the winners.
This year, BSW coincides with ‘Pi Day’, an annual celebration of the mathematical constant celebrated on March 14th (3/14). To mark the occasion at School, staff and students constructed a paper Pi chain, with each link representing a number in the infinite sequence of Pi. An impressive effort was made and links were constructed for 192 digits. The paper chain will now go on display in the Maths Department.
British Science Week runs until 15th March 2020 – you can find out more at www.britishscienceweek.org
Senior School | 13th March 2020