Cheltenham Science Festival : KS3 Day : June 2011
Forty KS3 pupils attended an exciting trip to Cheltenham Festival of Science. The day began with a bang with an exciting “Life, Fire and Gas We Can’t See” presentation by chemist David Wharton, covering all the properties of various gases in the atmosphere. Next up was a robot building workshop run by Lego® Education. The challenge for the students was to detect the location of cracks in a long narrow pipe. This involved students constructing robots, programming them and then analysing the data the robots collected via data sensors as they travelled in and out of the tube. George Bridgwater, Ben Darwent and Will Burdett were the team coming up with the most accurate measurements. A well earned lunch was had in Imperial Gardens, with Theo Godfrey and Toby Abrey also completing the Discovery Trail. The BBC Science Zone was next on the agenda with Dr Yan from Bang Goes the Theory proving very popular with the autograph hunters! Final event of the day was the interactive Discovery Zone, with the students’ aim to complete as many as activities as possible, whilst claiming as many “freebies” as they could. Amongst the many activities to try, several students showed off their disco diva moves in The Dance Lab, generating some highly variable data which will be used in a national experiment. They also used their maths skills to decommission a nuclear reactor, looked at codes with GCHQ, investigated fermentation with the Society of Microbiology and constructed circuits with the Institute of Engineering & Technology. This was a really beneficial educational event that everyone involved thought was “fantastic”.