GCSE Science Live
The Exchange Hall, Manchester was the venue for GCSE Science Live! lectures. On 15th November, 38 years 10 & 11 GSCE science students were given the opportunity to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. The speakers generated enthusiasm for science amongst the audience of over 2000 GSCE students from all over the north west of England. Bruce Hood, Professor of Development Psychology in Society in the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol and Professor Lord Robert Winston, a pioneer of IVF treatment and a renowned communicator of science were 2 of the five lecturers. The day also offered top tips on examination success from an experienced science examiner.
Mrs Devonald - Science teacher. "On Monday I attended an event with year 10 and 11 triple science students in Manchester where we had the opportunity to listen to five leading scientists talk about their work in science. I particularly enjoyed the talk given by Professor Lord Robert Winston, pioneer of IVF treatment and well known broadcaster. You may know him form TV series such as ‘The human body’ and ‘Child of our time’, amongst others. His work in science provided a technique called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, which is used for screening embryos for genetic diseases. He told pupils that he was never the cleverest doctor and advised them to find something that interests them and keep on asking questions, just as he did. In his words "you don’t have to be Einstein to be a good scientist and make discoveries, you just have to be interested in what you do”. Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock told us about future inhabitation on Mars (3000 people have already signed up), Professor Jim Al-Khalili told us about bending time, black holes and wormholes, Professor Andrea Sella showed us some amazing chemical reactions and Professor Bruce Hood told of how that amazing and sophisticated 3lb organ that sits inside our skull can play tricks on us.
Whilst this was a great experience, the highlight of the day for me was provided by our students. Their behaviour was exemplary and they all looked very smart in their Walney uniforms. Myself, Mr. Higgs and Mrs. Watson felt very proud!"
Here are some comments from Year 10 budding scientists
• I learnt that some chemicals can be mixed together and their PH scale keeps moving and over 3,000 people have applied for a one-way trip to Mars!
• I enjoyed Robert Winston’s lecture on fertility
• I learnt that it could be possible to live on Mars
• I learnt that I prefer biology to any other science
• I enjoyed the experience of going to see the top scientists in England talk about life changing events
Mrs Watson – Project co-ordinator. "It was a pleasure to take the students to this event’ they were a credit to themselves and to the school. The School would like to thank the Barrow Engineering Project for part funding this educational trip.”