SPECTACULAR SCIENCE SHOWS AND INSPIRATIONAL LESSONS BRING THE MEANING OF SCIENCE TO ESLA
Science week began with a bang as Miss Alderson led the explosive assemblies to all year groups, captivating students by combining valuable scientific extracts from Charles Darwin with explosive reactions, Miss Alderson enthralled everyone as she asked “What is science?” Students were involved in a range of hands-on active learning and inspirational activities throughout the week.
PHYSICIST MR DEANE INSPIRES SCIENTISTS OF THE FUTURE
Verifying the inverse square law for gamma radiation was the theme of the lesson for A-level students. Mrs St John popped in and asked students what they were learning. She wasn’t quite prepared for the answer.
Here it is from Jamie Rasmussen, year 13!
“The inverse square law tells us that as the distance increases, the intensity of the gamma radiation decreases by the square of the distance. Ionising radiation, such as gamma radiation, is harmful to us. We can decrease this risk by moving away from the source; for example, if we were stood close to the source, we would have much more contact with the radiation.
The hunt for ‘Skully Steve’ was on; Lewis in year 10 became the winner when he found him in the music room relaxing with Mr McNamee and the band.
The year 8s were captivated by learning about the uses of thermoplastics and creating their own gifts for Mother’s Day. Luke made his very own skull key ring.
If we were to increase this distance by 10 times, we would be 100 times safer than we were originally. This is because the intensity of the radiation has decreased by 1/10^2. The experiment we conducted confirmed this relationship as we know that: Intensity of Radiation = 1/r^2 where r is the distance from the source. The practical also helped us learn about the risks that are imposed due to exposure to harmful, ionising radiation.”
“WOW”, Mrs St John replied, “Maybe email me that one!”
Mastery in Sciences will be integral to All Saints Sixth form College. If you haven’t applied, be quick, places are filling up fast