Girls in Science Day : Cheltenham Science Festival : June 2011
Year 9 students Lucy Robbins, Emily Lay, Holly Woodcock and Fran Roxburgh had the unique opportunity of spending a day exploring some fascinating scientific topics alongside girls from several other Gloucestershire schools in an event hosted at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and sponsored by L’Oréal. Activities ranged from practical workshop sessions to a series of talks highlighting the potential of utilising their scientific skills within careers from women from a variety of companies and institutes. A practical session lead by the team from the Young Scientist Centre at the Royal Institution involved the team designing a crumple zone for a car using a crash test rig. The “crash” was filmed using a high speed camera and then replayed so students could evaluate the effectiveness of their design. A second workshop session focused on DNA and involved trying to identify if HRH Prince Phillip was related to the Prussian Royal family. Fran Roxburgh said “It was a really good experience to see how all the elements of science can combine and fit into everyday life”. The excellent event was rounded off with each participant cheerfully receiving a large bag of L’Oréal freebies.