Albany Academy Science Faculty hosted a science extravaganza to celebrate British Science Week. The faculty organised various activities and science experiments throughout the week that students could enjoy with the aim of raising awareness of how fun and important science can be. The students also performed their very own ‘Mannequin challenge’.
The ‘Mannequin Challenge’ is a viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them. The video is accompanied by the song "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd playing in the background.
The Science Faculty supported the students from Year 7 and 8 to prepare their own mannequin poses and timed chemical reactions (the iodine clock) and then filmed these in one continuous video with no editing required. The video can be viewed at on the school website, gallery page.
Other Activities ranged from a science week quiz, citizen science tasks, the introduction of the science fair to lunch time experiments. Newly trained Physics Buskers from Year 7 and previously trained physics buskers from year 8 where on hand to show how everyday objects could be used to make scientific theories come to life with afternoon presentations to all year groups.
The Science Faculty hosted experiments during lunchtime to packed audiences with experiments such as the ‘Screaming Jelly Baby’, ‘Burning Money’ and even experiment were students got to see flames appear from their hands.
Head of the Science Faculty, Natasha Fox, said, “Once again the Science Faculty organised some wonderful opportunities for our students. The lunchtime experiments really captured the student’s attention and the Physics Buskers wowed the tutor groups with their science displays. The mannequin challenge was amazing and the students were impeccably behaved throughout with the final result being really impressive and available to view on our Youtube channel. ‘British Science Week’ was definitely a success at Albany.”