AVS Newsletter June 06 2018 - Page 7

Science News Residential for Year 9 students We are aiming to enthuse budding environmental scientists to learn the science of monitoring the environment around them. The Science and Geography departments are planning to take between 40-60 Year 9 GCSE students to the Field Study Council residential centre at Bets-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park. They will learn methods to survey river and terrestrial habitats, to analyse water and air quality, and to use biological indicator species to identify pollutants. Many of these science field study skills are also compatible with the new GCSE Geography course. This is an extremely oversubscribed residential in a beautiful National Park, providing a unique opportunity for our GCSE students to have first hand experience on required GCSE practical skills. Mr Goldthorp says "There is no substitute for first hand field study experience. For me the best part of science is learning to apply it to study and protect our natural environments. The field studies course I did in secondary school enthused me to take an Ecology degree and to go onto monitoring sea turtle nesting activity for 3 years for WWF before I went into teaching. This really is an amazing opportunity." Watch this space for more details. Laboratory Naming Competition On 17 th April the Science Team at AVS decided it would be a great idea to have our 7 science laboratories named after British Scientists. In total we had 52 excellent entries, that looked at a total of 17 British scientists. Thank you and well done everybody that entered. Most of us in the science team remember our old school laboratories having names. Rather than choose our own favourite scientists we decided to launch a competition open to all year groups, for them to find a British scientist they felt was worthy enough to have a lab permanently named after them. The students were required to research their chosen scientist’s lifeworks, and to justify why that scientist, as opposed to other scientists should be considered for having a school laboratory dedicated to them. The wider aim was to enrich student’s knowledge of British scientists, to give students some ownership of their science labs and hopefully for students to discover British scientists whether alive or deceased, from all genders, ethnicities and religions. Four of the scientists nominated by our students