On Friday 21st September, the whole of year 9 went to New Scientist Live at the ExCel, London. Billed as ‘the world’s greatest science festival’, it was an opportunity to hear from scientists at the forefront of the most recent STEM research and development, as well as experience some of the latest innovations and technology in the hands-on exhibition. With talks on topics as varied as ‘The Genome Editing Revolution’ to ‘Should Robots Have Rights?’ and experiments from making slime to flight simulators, year 9 had their eyes opened to the potential of science and its relevance to everyday life.
Mrs Brown (Head of Science)
Photos by Mr Shetzer
Oliver and Bea wrote of the experience:
"At the convention there was an array of experiments and new technology. There were four sections to the building: Earth, Human, Cosmos and Technology, and each were as engaging as the others. After receiving a talk on Facebook trolling and fake news, we proceeded to investigate the Earth Zone, discovering how BP is changing their fuel to an eco-friendly alternative by the use of modern virtual reality technology. After exploring the Earth Zone, we were given a talk about how our food has been losing its nutrients over the last century and how humans have added them back artificially. Luckily, there was also time to experience the VR roller coaster in the Technology Zone and code a robot using a programme we use here at school, called Scratch. The festival was intriguing because it showed us what technologies are on their way and how they are being developed."