Students at Accrington Academy enjoyed a rocket-powered celebration of British Science Week.
Running from 10th to 19th March, British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.
At Accrington Academy, the whole school joined in, with science themed events taking place across all curriculum areas. Highlights included:
- Live experiments and demonstrations during every lunch break
- Year 7s working in teams to design, build and launch their own rockets
- Students competing to produce the cleanest water, learning about filtration and using a colorimeter to test purity
- Year 9s learning about the importance of fuel and identifying the best form of fuel to get their teacher to his destination when his coffee ran out!
- A competition to create an eco-friendly car, with teams given just 20 minutes to produce then race vehicles powered by air pressure, seeing which one went the furthest
Providing support were the academy's Sixth Form Science students, who helped the younger students put theory into practice to solve the various challenges.
Commented the academy's Lead Technician, Jodi Clements, who helped organise the event:
“It’s been fantastic to see the students getting excited about science and enjoying all of the different activities we put together for them. It was especially nice to see them spending their lunchtimes watching the demonstrations and taking part in practical session's in the dining hall.”
Added Accrington Academy Principal Andrew O’Brien:
"The main aim of the week was to help raise the profile of science in a fun and exciting way. A big 'thank you' to all who took part and in particular, the teachers and technicians in the science department, who worked tirelessly to make sure the lessons and activities were engaging and educational. We can't wait to do it all again next year!"