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Year 12 CERN 360 Images

Come and join us with the latest photos from our annual Y12 trip to CERN. The students had the opportunity to meet and ask key questions of CERN scientists whilst we visited the ATLAS site and the Super Conductor Test Facility. The students found it extremely valuable and it will enhance their curriculum knowledge by embedding them in a rich contextual experience.

We invite you to join us with what they saw thanks to our new 360 camera. Check out the gallery as we toured Lake Geneva, Mont-Saleve, and CERN! In addition there is a 360 video of the cloud chamber that they have in the CERN museum, we will use this as a teaching tool in lessons to allow students to view cosmic rays.

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Cern #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA


CENR 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA


CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA


CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

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Third Annual APS KS2 Science Fair!

On Wednesday 26th of June, APS main hall was overflowing with nearly 100 amazing science projects from our local primary schools. The Science Fair day offered KS2 pupils with the best projects the opportunity to see others' projects, explain their work to the judges, complete a lab sessions at APS, see a science show and have a chance of winning an award and prize!

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The quality of the projects was incredible, with topics like ‘how could we survive on Mars, ‘how will brexit affect fruit and vegetable standards’, ‘global pollution’, ‘robotics’, ‘non-newtonian fluids’, ‘density’ and many more! The students from Y3-Y6 explained their projects amazingly often with excellent practical demonstrations. Over the course of the day, the project stands were visited by 100s of KS3 pupils as well as staff and judges.

On the day we were also joined by seven teach maths and physics interns and five STEM ambassadors, this provided excellent careers links, guidance, and an unbiased supply of judges! As well as displaying their project, the primary students also attended two workshop sessions, 1 making bath bombs and the other on balanced forces. We could not have run this day without the help and support form a brilliant Y7 STEAM club and a team of Y10 and Y12 helpers so huge thanks to you guys too.

Thanks for a fabulous competition last week – thoroughly enjoyed it and was very impressed by the standard of the entries! It was great to have the STEM ambassadors supporting the event too, I hope to support them working with more local schools and competitions next year. Julia Scannell – Lead improvement partner for Haringey education partnership
Thanks so much for doing the science fair, we enjoyed it the whole time! Archie & Hannah – Yr6
We loved the day and wish we could do it all over again now! Thandi, Jessica and Max
Just to congratulate you and your school team on arranging and running today’s mighty event at APS for so many of the local Primary Schools. It was a pleasure and honour to be able to witness such wonderful standards in science achieved by Ys6/5 and 4 children. Furthermore, you demonstrated just how it is possible to manage so many children so effectively (with help of your secondary school students) without a microphone. I know my fellow STEM Ambassadors were equally impressed. It was such a good initiative to get University students into the school for a few days to see how secondary schools operate and whether they might wish to think of teaching as a profession. It was also clear that the children really valued the chance to investigate science topics (many outside the set Primary syllabus) and gained considerable confidence in preparing and presenting their projects – mainly as teams, but some on their own. They also enjoyed themselves in the process in a different environment.Peter Holtby STEM ambassador
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APS Astronomy Evening huge success

On Valentine's day 2019, Alexandra Park School's science department fell in love with the stars as we hosted an evening of astronomy.

Steve Fossey of UCL and the Mill Hill observatory kicked the evening off with a fascinating retelling of the night he and his team discovered a supernova, which was followed by 2 hours of observing the night sky through the school's telescopes. Highlights of the evening included the STEAM club's homemade telescopes giving clear and highly magnified images of the Moon's surface, and a breath-taking view of the Orion nebula through the school's larger refracting telescope thanks to the fortuitous weather.

I've never used a telescope before! It was interesting to see stars from a different perspective, and Ill never forget itEddie
It was goodCharlie
I went to the Astronomy Observation evening thinking it would be a waste of time (in the cold!) but then I found out that it was really cool and fun!Elsie, 7A
I have never seen the moon that close up before! It was so detailed!>Marin, 7X
I thought fun and interesting to learn about astronomy and see the stars and the moon through a telescope I also found it very interesting when Steve Fossey was talking about supernovasAmelia, 7A
It was extremely enjoyable to learn about supernovas and how they start and end. I also enjoyed using the telescopes we made to see the stars (even if it was quite difficult)Bethany, 7L
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Erasmus + MCCS: Copenhagen visit

Five year 12 students were given the wonderful opportunity to travel to Copenhagen during the first week of December as part of APS’ ongoing commitment to our Erasmus+ programme. The project is entitled “Monitoring Climate Change from Space” and the opening visit focused on the fundamentals of rocket science, climate change, and the European Union. We are partnered with schools from Denmark, Spain, French Guiana, and Greece. Our next visit will be to Madrid in March and will focus on rocket design! Mr. Marshall

You can follow the project on Twitter: @ErasmusMCCS or Instagram: MCCS_Erasmus

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Monday

Monday was the initial kick off of the monitoring climate change from space project, in Copenhagen, Denmark. We started it off by a few quick presentations about each of the countries taking part (England, Denmark, Spain, Greece and French Guiana) including interesting information about their schools, culture and the effects of climate change on their country as well as how to prevent them. We then were split into 9 groups, each to look at a different aspect of the project: solar power, mechanical playground and wind power. In our groups, we completed simple ice breaking tasks in order to meet new people, socialise and make friends. We finished the school day off with a quick logo competition in which French Guiana won, and the basics behind rocket science to increase our understanding. Around 2 o’clock we were dismissed to travel around Copenhagen and explore the city. Emilka Krzyszton

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Tuesday

On Tuesday, we went to the Danish Technical University (DTU), where we were split into three groups, and did different experiments. In one group, we built windmills with Lego and then tested how efficient they were with the help of a wind tunnel. Another group plotted a voltage against current graph of LED lights then predicted the voltage of a blue LED. After the DTU, We travelled by bus to the EU embassy, where we had an interesting talk about the future of the EU, and why it is so important to countries in Europe. Afterwards, we had free time, and some of us visited the Christiansburg palace and we went up it and had a beautiful view with lots of wind. Below is a photo of the view. Then we walked around a famous Christmas market and bought some Danish hotdogs and souvenirs, after we did a bit more walking around the streets until we were tired and sat in a small cafe and enjoyed some card games, and hot chocolate. Gillian Lui

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Wednesday

Wednesday was covered by a lecture on ice core extraction and analysis in the Niels Bohr Institute.

The lecturer began by establishing the environments and conditions usually dealt with extraction in Greenland; he gave details on: distance from shore ~500km, ice height ~3km and briefly mentions the inconvenience of the 6-month intervals of light and darkness throughout the year, caused by Greenland’s latitude.

The history of ice extraction was gone over from America’s initial plans to build a military base in Greenland to the discovery of heavy water analysis. The scientists used different atomic isotopes to determine a given climate temperature; hence allowing one to uncover historic climate patterns in ice, this allowed the lecture to segue into the section of using the ice cores for climate research.

Performing various chemical processes and measurements on the ice a graph of past to present shows the abundance of certain ions in the atmosphere such as carbonates, sulphates and nitrates. By understanding of these ions’ functions in the atmosphere, sulphate abundance can be used to indicate when a historic volcanic eruption occurred from the substances released into the atmosphere, then rained down left onto the snow, undisturbed for centuries or millennia under the foreseen sheets of ice snow that would bury it.

The lecturer then led us down into a separate section of the Institute to a vault kept at -25°C where he showed us samples from Greenland. He demonstrated that if one takes a thin slice of an ice core and put them under a certain magnifying glass and a light, crystals would shine through in various colours; they were used crystal analysis.

The lecture was wrapped up through insightful references to climate change’s relevance to the current political climate and the types of statistics which are presented to politicians through the ICCP with urgency made on the infamous 2°C global temperature target. Philipp Wiedemann

Thursday

We got to school at 8:15 and we had a presentation about a small portion of rocket science, which concerned the relationship between velocity and force, if the velocity is quadrupled then the force is doubled. We then split in to nine groups, different from those on Monday, where six of those groups would rotate between air and water rocket constructing while the remaining three groups spent the whole time building small-scale chemical rockets.

For the air rockets, we had to create one out of paper which would then be launched from a high pressure pipe. The main goal was to make it travel the furthest. This was the same for the water rockets too, except we had to hit a target at about 20 Erasmus students (The perfect SI unit) away. The goal of the chemical rockets was simply to see if they worked or not, but it gave an insight about how previous rockets worked. We all returned to the hall at noon to start making presentations about what we did to show off on Friday to the rest of the school. Everyone went home at 2 o’clock to go and get ready for the dinner party at 18:30.

Friday and Saturday

On Friday, we had a late start to the day as we met at the school for 10 am. We finished off the presentations we had started and then had lunch before some of us presented it to the second year students. After the presentation we used Kahoot to see who remembered the most from the week and the Danish students got first second and third place. After that we went home, or went around Copenhagen, before the party that was hosted for us to have a bit of a good time before flying out the next day.

On Saturday we arrived at the station we were meeting at on time and then took the metro to the airport where we said our final goodbyes and then checked in to the flight.

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