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Xmas Lecture 2018

The APS Christmas lecture is an annual highlight of our science and maths specialism program. This year we had even more to celebrate as our very own Mr Nichols delivered a fascinating, insightful and entertaining talk on his other life as a shark researcher, conservationist and enthusiast. The talk was a visual spectacle including many of Mr Nichols own pictures and videos.

On the evening in addition to the talk we had some beautiful music from the APS chamber choir, warming refreshments organised by APSA and I must thank the student operators of the our helium filled remote control shark and fish, the spot light operators and the dry ice handlers. Thanks too to the three hundred strong audience of all ages for the excellent questions and generally for being a brilliant audience.

I liked that the talk shared a lot of new facts and taught me a lot of things like humans are responsible for more shark deaths than humans for shark deaths, I also like how he let you touch some shark skin and handed out small shark teeth. Ben Yr 9
I think the shark talk was very informative and that Mr Nicholls is very lucky to have had such amazing experiences... I would love to learn more about Sharks around the world and hope there will be another shark talk soon...Anna Bauss Yr 8
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I liked the shark talk because it was interesting. I love animals and anything about animals so it was a treat to learn about the animal I had no idea about.Eva Yr 9
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What I like about Mr Nicholls shark talk is that in every talk he always adds something new so I never stop going to his talks. The choir was also very nice and a great way to start the talk. Lucila Yr 9

2018 Physics Trip to CERN

On our annual visit, led this year by Mr Oakes, to the largest particle accelerator in the world, we had the pleasure of visiting one of the leading particle decelerators. The antimatter factory holds the record for the largest number of anti-matter atoms and looks to discover why there is not more antimatter in the observable universe. Fran Panteli reports on our activities on the trip.

On our annual visit, led this year by Mr. Oakes, to the largest particle accelerator in the world, we had the pleasure of visiting one of the leading particle decelerators. The antimatter factory holds the record for the largest number of anti-matter atoms and looks to discover why there is not more antimatter in the observable universe. Fran Panteli reports on our activities on the trip.

Situated in and underneath Geneva, CERN is home to particle detector such as ATLAS and ALICE and the LHC – the largest particle accelerator in the world; consisting of a torus of some 27 km diameter. In visiting this revolutionary site and its two museums, we learned about the colossal international collaboration of its over 20 member states. We were able to experience first handily the scale of this alliance, needed from the discovery subatomic particles such as the famed Higgs Boson, to CERNs creation of the World Wide Web in order to help process their some 25 petabytes of data produced per year.
After swimming in Geneva’s natural freshwater lake, Lac Léman, we were then treated to a boat ride across its waters. The quaintness of Geneva’s Old Town is prevalent as one walks through its streets, with mountains glistening in the horizon, which divide Geneva from the French border. Along the lines of these mountains were the faint lines of cable cars, which we used to ride up the mountain on the last day of our stay. From the top, we were subjected to stunning views of both Geneva and CERN, which words will do no justice. These views highlighted the extent to which CERNs application of physics is truly across all borders, encompassing some 10,000 scientists, PhD students and engineers from around the world. Thank you to everybody involved in this highly inspirational experience, thoroughly enjoyed.Fran Panteli
The Geneva trip was really relaxing which was great after exams and also educational about modern science, for example learning about the GBar experiment which hasn't even been switched on yet.Saskia
We all really enjoyed the trip. Geneva was stunning especially the lake. The trip to CERN was exciting as we saw things that we've learnt about in the classroom. The visit also allowed us to learn facts that we otherwise wouldn't of been able to find out. The weather was also great which was especially nice for swimming in the lake and going on the cable car.Maddie, Maya and Maisy
Visiting CERN was as educational as it was inspiring. This was far from the only highlight of the trip, as we experienced everything from Geneva's amazing lake Lac Leman to a cable car trip up Mont Salève with breath-taking views of Geneva. The trip was invaluable, both for those interested in Physics, as we were able to see the application of science by people at the top of their field, and for those who simply wanted to experience the city. Either way, a great trip is guaranteed.Robbie, Ethan, Jim
We really enjoyed our time at CERN. The tours were very informative and inspirational. The visit showed the beauty of the innovation of physics into the world, as well as the importance of engineering and technicians. The tours also helped me understand how the particle accelerator works which will help me with my research pag.Our visit to CERNs large hadron collider and the components of which the institution consisted of allowed me to see how and why something that we use everyday such as the Internet was created ,which was very interesting. Furthermore, in addition to the visit to CERN, we also got to enjoy the city of Geneva by participating in activities, such as swimming in 'Lac Leman' and exploring the 'Old Town'. Geneva was a city full of culture and passion and we won't ever forget this experience.Alicem, Eridona, Bedirhan, Naiden, Granit, Haider, Alex b, Marianna

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We have had an action packed and educational program at STEAM club this year. Our activities have included making slime, walking on non-Newtonian fluid, building robots, sound engineering, building escape rooms, designing 3D sculptures, experimenting with dry ice and crafting and building science marble runs. Here are a selection of STEAM stories written by members of the club this year:

STEAM club 2018 was a fun and educational project. Sayin g that it was really a lot of porjects in ONE (which is even better). We did all of the topics: Sceince Technology Engineering Maths In science we did dry ice, fire, bubbles and chemical reactions. In technology we built lego robots that we programmed to move and worked with sound tech. In engineering we built bridges made something to stop eggs from cracking and marble runs. In mathe we did maths puzzles and designed our own maths escape rooms for an amazing compettion. (unfortunately we didn't win but we tried our hardest) and theres WAY more. Most of all we enjoyed it . We all Love STEM! Coco 7S
STEAM club is about learning different things (not just about science but also about Maths, Technology and Engineering). It was really good to get involved with because there are lots of opportunities to do. Three of my APS values that I think shoed in STEAM club is creativity, curiosity and Hard work. When I started year 7 I didn’t really like science, but as I joined STEAM club I really like science noew!! If anyone doesn’t really enjoy science, please try and join STEAM club and it will change your mind. Kyrah 7P
STEAM club was so fun during the time I was in it and in my opinion you should try it. The reason being is that when we built suspension bridges, marble runs and going on a fun trip anything could happen and so much more, I was stunned. And the reason for this was because we had our amazing leader and teacher, Mr G Oakes. Youri 7X
STEAM club is an incredibly fun club where you can do a variety of fun activities. In my opinion I find them interesting to do. If you join you will never get bored. Examples of activities are 3D models, lego building, marble runs, paper aeroplanes and many more. Daniel 7A
STEAM club has been an amazing experience as it is full of all the amazing parts of science that you don’t get to learn about in the science curriculum. It builds confidence and gives an opportunity for all students to do a range of fun, exciting activities including building a coll marble run, enter a competition, do the sound effects for an animation and design a model on a computer. We also helped out in many science fairs and there are many more amazing opportunities and memories. This club has built my confidence from being shy to feeling really happy and confidence. This has also inspired me to become a scientist even more. Mr Oakes is an amazing teacher at STEAM club as he makes everything fun whilst teaching and educating everyone on the science of the particular project. STEAM club is a place where boys don’t judge you for being a girl. Lily 7X
STEAM club was an amazing experience, jam-packed with all the best bits of science, including a variety of projects and experiments I would never have come across otherwise. Every single member, including Mr.Oakes, looked forward to every session—there was always something for everyone to learn and enjoy. Not only did we make marble runs, learnt about music tech and practices building study structures that would help us with engineering skills in the future, but we also entered competitions and took part in activities outside of school. For example we designed models on computers, which were 3D printed and one of them was sent to space! We designed escape rooms for a competition and visited the science museum for a workshop. We also became involved in events for younger children across the borough. Some of us had the chance to judge primary school projects made by younger children and also assisting at the APS science fair. We have learnt so much while having lots of fun along the way. If you have the chance to join STEAM club or any other science club at APS do! It is so important that young people become interested in science too and the is the perfect way to promote this. Aina
STEAM club is a place where we com together and achieve our goals by giving each other ideas, sharing with each other and being with other people that you’ve never spoken to before. STEAM club is to us part of are family and part of our future, and this makes us a part of STEAM club. Without STEAM club we ould have never found new friends or even leaned new things but instead STEAM club ade it possible for all of us but not just us. It could change your life as well. STEAM club to me is about having fun, meeting new people and achieving our goals. Also seing new thing s that you haven't visited or made. So im saying that STEAM club is a place that makes us start our future in APS. Stefania 7K
This year STEAM club has been amazing! We do really cool stuff that I would never get opportunities to do. My gacourite lesson was when we used dry ice and made chemical reactions and watched them make steam, change colour and explode!. I also got an opportunity to go to the science museum and go through a series of puzzles and open lock boxes to stop a timer. I would totally recommend STEAM club because it’s fun, you learn new things and it’s good for future maths, science, technology and engineering jobs. Alex 7S

KS1 Science Fair

On Thursday 24th May our partnership (Ogden & Primary Schools) held two KS1 science fairs, one at Eden Primary School and the other at St James Primary.

The theme was on animals and habitats, Yr 1 & Yr 2 pupils designed an animal that was suited to a particular habitat - the habitat could be real or imaginary. The animal had to have adaptations to suit that habitat and pupils either drew or made a model of their animal. Although it wasn't a competition the students knew that there would be adults both from their school and outside, including STEM ambassadors, governors and colleagues from APS, asking questions and completing praise cards for their creations which all went in a big box.

The students were fabulous in explaining how their animals were adapted and there were enough adults that no student had to wait long before they had to explain the adaptations to another adult. There were paper thin animals adapted to live in-between books, recycle bin rubbish munchers, a highly advanced Yr 2 brushbot creature with full circuit diagram and its creator able to explain potentiometers and why one was needed for his creatures circuitry!

Overall a great day with KS1 students from seven of the partnership schools working together, sharing their creativity and communicating science to adults! A great way to round off the half term!

As always our thanks to the Ogden Trust for supporting our partnership