Elite Scientist Update November 2018

Why is that Mucus Green?!

On Tuesday 16 October, Dr Rebecca Holloway came to speak to Sets 1 and 2 of Years 7, 8 and 9, about the new Elite Scientist project 4.0, that will start in November 2018. Dr Holloway spoke about villages in India exposed to particulates, and dung cakes, (not the kind of cake one wants to eat!). Dr Holloway also spoke about what kinds of things the Elite Scientists will be doing, such as using spirometers to measure lung function, and using the Graywolf sensor to measure the pollutant gasses inside and outside the school. It was a very interesting talk, where Dr Holloway additionally talked about her scientific research background. It is set to be fantastic year with the new Elite Scientists collecting, analysing and evaluating their own data that they will be collate from their peers. Just to conclude, that the project has been made possible this year because of a £1000 grant given by the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers. Thank- you to you!

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Wow! That’s a healthy pair of lungs !!

On Tuesday 6 November, Dr Holloway, from Imperial College London, came in to speak to the new Elite Scientists 4.0 about the new project. Dr Holloway kicked the evening off with a talk about her background, what the project will be about and the anatomy of the lungs, which led to a thorough interactive dissection of the lungs. The students asked lots of questions about lungs, infections, research and medicine, the questions were great. Dr Holloway and I are really looking forward to working with this set of students. Well done to the new Elite Scientist Applicants, and Thank you to Dr Holloway

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Other News……Is that a plane, a helicopter or a meteor?

On Friday 2 November around 34 students signed up to observe the Taurid meteor shower. It was cloudier that we would have liked, but between us, we saw about 9 meteors. They are fainter than some other meteors like The Orionids, or Perseids, but we saw some meteors nevertheless. The students were very vibrant, enjoying looking at the sky, chatting, snacking and drinking hot chocolate. Lots of fun! It’s worth adding that William Perkin’s meteor camera recorded its first fireballs! See pictures and video.

Thanks you to our staff helpers: Ms.Lyon and Mrs Barker!!

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