Year 7 students from Albany Academy been trained to become Physics Buskers after attending a fun workshop delivered by Science Made Simple, funded by the Ogden Trust. This was then followed by Year 8 students taking part in a workshop which is part of a European study in how to make the teaching of science more engaging.
Albany Academy Science Faculty organised a night to remember at the Think Tank Birmingham Science museum for over 80 students and staff. Whilst there, they enjoyed an evening of experiments and activities culminating in a night camping in the museum among the exhibits as the museum was closed to the public.
Students from secondary schools across the local area have been competing in an Olympics with a twist. The Physics Olympics, which is now in its second year, was organised by Albany Academy in partnership with the Ogden trust and brought together students from local high schools to compete in a series of physics based challenges.
Students from Albany Academy and Holy Cross have been trained to become Physics Buskers after attending a fun workshop delivered by Science Made Simple, funded by the Ogden Trust.
The workshop which was held at Albany Academy was designed to develop the students understanding of how to create fun experiments using everyday objects. The students were trained by David Price, the Physics busker from the local company Science Made simple, and now will be able to deliver presentations to people of all ages and in particular primary school students. The aim of this is for the students to inspire and enthuse the next generation of physicists.
Students enjoyed using everyday objects such as balloons, rubber gloves, basketballs, plastic cups and rubber bands to make weird and wonderful experiments that show how physics works in the modern world. As part of the workshop both schools received a kit that the students could use to deliver presentations to members of the public, parents, governors, students and local primary schools.
Miss Fox, Head of the Science faculty at Albany said, “The session was fantastic and all of the 20 students involved loved learning the many tricks that make physics accessible to all ages. They’re now busy practising their newly learnt skills and will be demonstrating them in the very near future”
Miss Speight, science teacher at Holy Cross, said, “I felt that the Physics Busking Workshop was extremely rewarding, for both the students and myself. There was some fantastic science busks that would certainly enthuse the children about science. The students loved the experience and were keen to get busking, so it definitely had a great impact on them, and Dave was a great entertainer/educator. It was fun, lively, engaging and dynamic. All round, a great experience.”
David Price, the Physics Busker, said, “Students from both Albany and Holy Cross, were simply magnificent! I have rarely seen such enthusiasm for Science and the skills to communicate it to others, good luck in your future Busking efforts”
This has project was part-funded by the Ogden trust and for more information on the trust please visit www.ogdentrust.co.uk . If you would like to know more about opportunities that Albany Academy provides for its students please contact the school on 01257 244020 or alternatively you can follow the school on twitter @AlbanyAcademy . For more information about Science Made Simple please visit www.sciencemadesimple.co.uk/
Five Year 10 students from Albany Academy attended a ‘High Achievers’ science workshop at Runshaw college on the 18th November
The ‘Surprising Science’ workshop, hosted by the college’s science department, covered a wide variety of experiments across the three main scientific subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
Students looked at heart rate monitoring and studied the effects that raising the body temperature has on an insect’s heart rate. The experiment was done under a microscope on a Daphnia which is water based insect. Students raised the insect’s temperature by pouring caffeine on to the insect which raises the temperature of the Daphnia. The students then lowered the insect’s temperature by pouring small amounts of water on to it. The insect’s heart rate was analysed under both tests to see if there was a difference.
The students also looked a creating their own thermochromic indicator by mixing powder out of the chemicals they were provided with. Thermochromic powder changes colour as it heats up and cools down and the colour change was noted in the experiments.
Physics experiments were also performed as students looked to find focal points using convex lenses. Students then used this knowledge to make their own telescopes.
Head of the Science faculty at Albany Academy, Miss Fox, said, “This was a fantastic event provided by Runshaw College and the 5 students who attended have returned to school with a greater idea of what studying Science at A-Level will be like.”
Twenty five, Year 7 and 8 students at Albany Academy experienced how scientists collect data to see if there is life on Mars.
Students got to work in the new Ri Young Scientist Centre at UCLan that is funded by the UK Space Agency. A range of experiments were on offer to the students including programming a Mars Rover (robot) to move across the Mars landscape and using chemicals to test for organic compounds on the planet.
Miss Fox, Head of the Science faculty at Albany Academy, said, “The students were able to take part in activities outside of the curriculum that were very similar to those carried out by scientists looking for life on Mars and they gained a real insight in to how scientists work on a daily basis. Elizabeth Granger and Sujata Patel (the organisers) were fantastic too and made what could have been a difficult concept into an accessible and fun day that really inspired those who attended.”
The students’ feedback highlighted how much they enjoyed their visit, with Year 8 student, Mikolaj Pilarski, saying, “It was a very interesting trip where we got to learn how professional scientists work on researching life on Mars, such as programming robots or rovers to move. I also tested for organic compounds in pure water and filtrate. This got me more into learning about science and whether there is life on Mars.”
Click the link to see what our student thought about the 'Life on Mars' visit. Student reviews
Albany Academy is delighted to announce that it has secured £17,000 of funding from the Wolfson Foundation. This funding will enable the school to refurbish existing science laboratories to create a state-of-the-art facility for pupils.
The funding coincides with the school becoming part of the Initial Teacher Training Programme with Tarleton Academy and Edge Hill University. This means that pupils will not only be able to learn in a modern creative environment but teachers of the future will also have the best possible facilities in which to train.
The Wolfson Foundation (www.wolfson.org.uk) is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science & medicine, health & disability, education and the arts and humanities. The Foundation has awarded over £800 million (£1.7 billion in real terms) to more than 10,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review. Established in 1955, the Wolfson Foundation celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2015.
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said, “Education lies at the very heart of the work of the Wolfson Foundation. Since 1955 the Foundation has supported some 800 schools throughout the UK, and we are delighted to be supporting Albany Academy’s laboratory refurbishment in this, our 60th anniversary year. Our funding is intended to act as a mark of excellence.”
Mr Hayes, Headteacher at Albany Academy, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to add to our already excellent facilities and ensure that the pupils at Albany have the very latest equipment to support their learning.”
The work to refurbish the school laboratories will begin in the summer of 2016 and be completed in time for the start of the 2016/17 academic year.