Fifteen Year 10 students were invited to attend a science practical skills day at St Mary's University, Twickenham on the 31st January 2018. The targeted group were higher learners who are studying three separate sciences as GCSE core and option subjects. The aim was to take students through some of the key practical activities that they have to study to complete their GCSE course.
The day was organised by the School of Education, with our pupils taught by university students studying on the science PGCE course. This gave the PGCE students a chance to engage with secondary school pupils and allowed our pupils to use the excellent laboratory facilities at the university.
Our students completed a range of experiments, including: using ticker-tape-timers and an air-track in Physics; completing a rate of reaction experiment in Chemistry; investigating osmosis in potatoes and how drugs affect heart rate (on a water-flea!) in Biology - this involved adding caffeine and then alcohol to the water surrounding the fleas and observing their heart rate change under a microscope.
All students had an excellent time completing the experiments, and especially as they then had the chance to use the university cafeteria for lunch afterwards!
Thank you to St Mary’s University staff and students for their hospitality and expertise in ensuring our science students had an excellent experience.
To view a gallery of pictures from the visit, click on the image below: