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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4 January 2017

Quadrantid Meteors and UKMON Come Flying into WP!

Wednesday 4th January 2017 saw 15 Elite Scientists count in 19 Quadrantid Meteors, which came from asteroid 2003 EH1. These meteors emanate from the bottom of the Big Dipper.

The group was observing from 10.00pm until midnight in the freezing cold, and had hot chocolate at the end to warm…

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16 December 2016

Explosions Galore!

​Explosions Galore, a World Record and Adam as one of the Helpers! What more could we ask for?!

27 blessed students went to see Saiful Islam, a Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, whose research interests include computer modelling of new materials for lithium and sodium…

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6 December 2016

That Rock's got IRON Written all the way Through!

On Tuesday 6th December Dr Ashley King brought his two PhD students, Helena Bates and Enrika Bonato, to William Perkin in order to lead a session on meteorites.

They gave a talk to the Elite Scientists and gave them the opportunity to deduce whether the rocks they had been given were in fact…

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15 November 2016

Smile! You're on Meteor Shower Camera!

On Tuesday 15th November, Dr Ashley King came to William Perkin to talk to the students about the meteor project. The evening kicked off with Dr King giving a scientific seminar on meteor observance in the UK, and Europe using cameras. 

This was followed by a workshop on the camera set up at…

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9 November 2016

Meteor Shower Camera

Meteor Shower Camera Installed at William Perkin

Dr Ashley King and Helena Bates, from the Natural History Museum, and Peter Campbell-Burns and Richard Kacerek from UKMON (UK Meteor Observation Network), came to William Perkin to help set up the Meteor Shower camera.

As you can see there…

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4 November 2016

Taurid Meteor Shower a Success!

Is that a Plane? No it’s a Taurid! Taurid Meteor Shower a Success!

15 new Elite Scientists kicked off their Meteor project with the Taurid Meteor Shower watch from the William Perkin AstroTurf Pitch on Friday 4th November.

Although the day was cloudy and rainy, the skies cleared beautifully…

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