20 February 2018

Why Has That Expanding Ball Got Elastic Bands Around It?

Well, that’s because it was a model of how the lungs get scarred because of Fibrosis.

Dr Pascal Durrenberger, from University College London came in to talk to the Elite Scientists about his work on lungs. He showed histological photographs of healthy lung tissue and scarred lung tissue. He…

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20 February 2018

How Many New Planets?!

Kepler Spacecraft Discovered 2300 New Planets

2300! That is the number of known planets that the Kepler spacecraft has discovered.

Dr. Matt Bothwell from the Institute of Astronomy, at the University of Cambridge came to speak about Exoplanets, and how they are discovered by different…

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31 October 2017

Mathematics that Makes Our Brain Ache!

Tuesday 31st October saw Dr. Ashley King, from the Natural History Museum come and do some specialised mathematics using formulas, such as: nλ=2dsinθ. This formula enabled the students to work out the mystery minerals from the data given.

They also had to use another equation to work out…

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17 October 2017

Further Analysis of Meteors

Tuesday 17th October, saw Helena Bates from the Natural History Museum come to William Perkin and carry out further analysis on meteor pictures with the Elite Scientists 2.0 group.

They used UFO analysis software to track the trajectory and speed of the meteors. It is important to have the…

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27 September 2017

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2017

The William Perkin Elite Scientists have been reading 6 shortlisted books for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017.

The aim was to select the winning book which was “The Awesome Body Book” by Adam Frost. Here are the 6 titles:

Schools all over the country have been reading…

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11 July 2017

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2017

Now you see it, now you don't!

This was the feature of fluorescent corals at one of one of the stands at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2017. Members of the public, including our students from William Perkin CofE High School, were able to go into a dark room where corals where…

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12 May 2017

Founders Day 2017

Careering Through Space!

'Careering Through Space!' was the title of Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell’s talk she delivered on Founders Day on Friday 12th May 2017 to our Year 9 and 10 students. She talked about how she discovered Pulsar as a PhD student - wonderful stuff! What was extra special, was…

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8 May 2017

Imperial Festival 2017

Shooting Stars on Camera Project

On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May 2017, the Elite Scientists went to present their project: Shooting Stars on Camera: Colour and Contrast, at the Imperial Festival 2017.

The students talked to the general public all day and relayed their findings to…

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21 April 2017

Natural History Museum Workshop & Trip

Which one is the Meteorite?

This was one of the activities that the students had to do at the workshop run by Dr Ashley King, from The Natural History Museum and his team including Helen Bates and Enrica Bonato.

The afternoon kicked off with a talk by Dr Ashley King, followed by a…

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23 February 2017

Would you like to Smell this Postcard?

This was the opening line of the Elite Scientists as they introduced themselves to academics, teachers, students and philanthropists at the Royal Society Partnership Grant Conference 2017 (I told them it's called an attention grabber!).

The day kicked off with a talk by Venki Ramakrishnan…

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24 January 2017

UFO Analysis

Dr Ashley King, and his PhD student Helena Bates, came to William Perkin on Tuesday 24th January to help the Elite Scientists analyse data that the WP Meteor Shower camera had captured, using special software called UFO Analyzer.

They showed how the software orientates and overlays the…

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12 January 2017

Dr Zita Martins Visits William Perkin

What would you have done if you weren't a a Scientist?

This was one on the many wonderful questions the Year 8 students asked Dr Zita Martins, Astrobiologist, from Imperial College. Dr Martins came to William Perkin on Thursday 12th January 2017 to do a Q & A session with the Year 8 Science…

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