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Science Week 2016

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths - featuring fascinating and entertaining events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

At Bishop Thomas Grant School the Science department use British Science Week as an opportunity to extend the curriculum beyond the classroom and, through a variety of exciting and engaging events, demonstrate to students how STEM subjects can enrich their lives.

Students experienced some of their teachers’ favourite science demonstrations from the Institute of Physics and the Science Museum, including the ever-exciting "Mystery Boxes," taking place in classrooms up and down the science corridor.  There was a networking event where students could meet practising professionals drawn from medicine, engineering and finance as well as other important professions.  Particularly popular was a DNA workshop where pupils had the opportunity to discover their own DNA.  The Year 7 Science Club/Year 8 STEM Club invited parents and governors to showcase their work and sixth formers showed off their science skills with a busking event in the playground.  The Science Dome, which contains a planetarium, was erected in the Main Hall for students to visit, and the week was filled with science-based competitions and a treasure hunt quiz around the school.

Extremely popular was the live video link-up with British astronaut Tim Peake who gave a rare broadcast from the International Space Station, and the by-invitation-only visit from Capel Manor travelling zoo, where "Summer" the ferret was deemed to be the most-liked visitor, shortly ahead of a tarantula spider.

Congratulations to Head of Science Mr Todd and his team on a most engaging and successful British Science Week at Bishop Thomas Grant School.


"Summer" the ferret was the most-liked visitor from Capel Manor Farm, shortly ahead of a tarantula spider.

The Year 7 Science Club/Year 8 STEM Club held a Twilight showcase for parents and governors.

Former Bishop Thomas Grant School student Martha Ewas (below right), a student nurse, gave advice to current students at the Science Careers Networking Event.

The "Mystery Boxes" proved ever-popular with students.

Discovering DNA in a very special necklace-making workshop.

Science Week treasure hunt winner, Year 8's Colin Nze (below right) with Science Teacher Miss Ferguson.

The Year 7 Faraday Challenge winners with Science Teacher Miss Kelly (below centre).  To read more about our Faraday Challenge winners, please click here.