Eltham College Science Week 2018

On Monday 12 March, the Science Department took over Central Hall for Science Week 2018. Over the course of the week, students took part in activities designed to entertain and inspire as well as compete in a daily challenge.  Each of the Science teachers had chosen a Scientist to showcase presenting their inspirational figure in the frames around Central Hall usually reserved for Art.

On Monday, Dr Hill showed the students how to build a spectroscope out of a CD to take home, showing the complete rainbow spectrum of natural light as well as the partial spectra of fluorescent tubes and LED light sources.  Mrs Colwell and Dr Rooney demonstrated how to build paper DNA models as well as from molymod structures indicating the base pairs and backbone of the genetic code.  Mr Angel, Miss Richard and the Sixth Form Geologists set students the challenge of identifying minerals from their properties including hardness, lustre and cleavage.

Tuesday saw the Rocketry Society launching their newly built model rockets to several hundred feet from the middle of the main fields, luckily retrieving them all.  Ms Pokorny and Mr Marshall were on hand to introduce Psychology to the younger students, explaining attachment disorder, illusions and how the brain really works.  The day’s challenge was set by Mr Ormanczyk asking students to identify the animals from just their skulls, looking at clues in their teeth and bone structure.

On Wednesday Mr Chan invited students to bring their mobile phones and earphones to Central Hall to try out virtual reality using Google Cardboard headsets, with many enjoying their first glimpse of a world of 3D immersive gaming and video.  Miss Perry brought out the Chemistry Department’s Macromolecules to challenge students to identify and answer questions on diamond, fullerenes and ice.

Thursday saw the return of the Egg-Drop competition organised by Mr Hindocha where winning teams in Year 9 forms competed to bring their eggs to the ground from the balcony as safely and slowly as possible.  Mrs Hobbs brought out the Biology Department’s camera used to project images of cell division and body structures of fleas in close-up.  Mr Whittaker challenged students to identify and experiment with equipment such as the Van Der Graaff generator and Lenz’s Law demonstrations.  Dr Morris hosted a workshop for Lower Sixth students to develop their knowledge beyond the syllabus.

On Friday, Mr Copley enticed students to make well-known molecules from sweets, bringing one of the largest turnouts of the week and some excellent 3D structures of complex chemicals like caffeine.  Mrs Clough collected data from students and staff about their ability to taste certain chemical compounds, present in Brussels Sprouts and Parma Violet sweets, which are linked to genetic code.  Finally, Dr Cianciaruso presented a talk on the Philosophy and Physics behind Quantum Correlations to students inspiring the next generation of theoretical physicists.