Our Science courses cover a wide range of topics, from using modern light microscopes to investigate the fascinating world of cell life, to comparing finger prints and DNA profiles as part of crime scene analysis.
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For six of the STEM courses running this year the STEM Module will be transformed into a high tech mobile laboratory, housing all the equipment required to carry out a range of exciting interactive science based activities. These courses include:
In this course pupils will have the opportunity to work with modern light microscopes with high resolution cameras to investigate the fascinating world of cell life and microscopic structures. Also they will be working with a Scanning Electron microscope to study the microscopic details of insects and parasites. This will include the opportunity for live image capture which gives pupils and teachers images and video to take away with them.
This course can be offered to either KS3/4 or AS/A2.
This course is based around five minute experiment based activities in physics, chemistry and Biology. This allows the students to gain experience using data logging equipment to measure the changes and effects that occur during these experiments. Many of the measurements taken cannot be obtained by any other methods.
The target age groups for this Course are KS3/4 or AS/A2.
FORCES & ENERGY - ROCKETRY
In this course pupils will have an exciting and hands on experience in the study of forces and energy. They will get the opportunity to design and build a rocket to be made out of paper and powered by compressed air. This rocket will then be fired with an accelerometer attached which will then allow it trajectory to be plotted on Goggle Earth.
Most of us have seen CSI where crime scene investigators use cutting edge equipment to solve over the top murder cases but this course will give pupils an opportunity to study some of the science behind real life forensic investigation. Pupils will have to gather and analyse evidence from various "crime" scenes. They will then be able to study finger prints and even compare DNA profiles to try and establish the facts.
In this course pupils will look at various aspects of DNA analysis this may include things such as introducing florescent genes into bacteria or DNA finger printing. This module will help to draw the pupils into this exciting and interesting field of study and give them practical experiences that will build their enthusiasm for the subject. Pupils can 'bottle' their own genes and 'grow' DNA.
STEM IN THE WORLD AROUND US
In this course pupils will be looking at the science aspects that can be seen in the world around us. They will take part in habitat studies based in various possible locations such as forest parks, seashore, pond or river. They can then examine what they find from plant life to mini beasts with exploroscopes that allow the pupils to see new and exciting details and to take picture for their class work.
Each course has a variety of activities designed to aid the pupil's enjoyment and understanding of a number of science based topics which are covered as part of the curriculum.