Science Update

Science Update

Juniper Hall Yr 12 Biology residential
The year 12s had a great opportunity to complete part of their practical assessments in a field trip to Juniper Hall. They set out small mammal traps and investigated populations of plants and invertebrates. The students worked incredibly hard both outdoor in the forest and by the river as well as in the classroom. They gained practical skills and successfully collected data. Their efforts and behaviour was praised by teachers and organisers at Juniper Hall.

Science Museum Building Bridges project – Year 7
The Academy is proud to be in partnership with the Science Museum as participants in the their Building Bridges project, which aims to inspire young people to explore the science that shapes everyday life.
An outreach team paid a visit to the Academy and performed an exciting show for the whole of Year 7. Students were wowed by the live demonstrations which involved flying aluminium plates, making lightning with a tesla coil as well as some brilliant acting from our student volunteers.
One Science class was also selected to take part in a workshop where they created pieces of scientific art made from disassembled clocks and practised their presentation skills.
We are now looking forward to a follow-up visit to the Science Museum later on in the year for a day of exclusive activities including working with scientists and searching the Museum collection.

Imperial College tutoring
In October we were very lucky to have Dr Mark Richards from the Physics Department at Imperial College as our guest speaker at Awards Evening. Following his visit, he invited us to nominate some Yr 12 students for a pilot after school tuition programme which started this term. The scheme aims to support students who study Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A  level, and we are currently one of only 3 Science departments across London taking part. If this pilot is successful the aim will be to roll this out as an opportunity for further Yr 12 students next academic year.

Imperial College Pathways to Medicine programme
Congratulations to Blerim G in Yr 11 for being awarded a place on the prestigious Pathways to Medicine Programme at Imperial College. This innovative three-year programme aims to support aspiring doctors and surgeons on their journey to medical school, providing many opportunities such as e-mentoring, a summer school, taster events and a medical work placement. We wish him all the best and look forward to hearing more about it after the launch event next month.

Imperial College Schools Science Competition
Earlier this term, two teams of Chelsea Academy students entered the Imperial College Schools Science Competition. Whilst Team Firebird (Yr 11) did not make it through to the final, Team Flare (Yr 12) were successful!  The final will take place on 22nd March at Imperial College, with some very VIP judges.
To find out more about the judges have a read here: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/natural-sciences/study/schools-science-competition/

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