Just before the start of the half term break, the Year 11 pupils and their teachers were treated to a truly “Wicked” performance given by five scientists at the GCSE Science Live Event at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Dr Kate Lancaster, a physicist at York University, spoke about the need for alternative energy sources and how her lab is working at building a mini sun. The ever dynamic space scientist and presenter of BBC’s Sky at Night, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, enthralled us with her description of our solar system while explaining what inspired her to study space.
We were brought back down to Earth with the truly awesome visuals the renowned Professor Robert Winston showed us of the human body which included a video of an egg being released from an ovary and then traveling through the 2 mm wide fallopian tube. And all this before lunch! Professor Andrea Sella, a chemist from University College London, explained the uniqueness of water: the ability for its solid form to float on its liquid form; and he managed to throw in an impressive explosion.
The event concluded with a fascinating talk by Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London, Professor Steve Jones, who in a thoroughly entertaining way, discussed the scientific issues dealing with the role of our genes and our surroundings in the diseases we develop.