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Science week 2017

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths - featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

Science week started early for Oswestry School with 5 students (Roisin, Aarifa, Ananya, Greta and Teodora) attending the Manchester branch of the British Science Association for the opening event of their science journalism competition on the 5th March. This was a competition that OO Tilly Hancock won last year and we are keen to follow up on this success. This year’s competition had a different format to last year’s and the girls spent the day at Manchester University hearing talks from five current research scientists on their work ranging from landmines to cancer and the nuclear legacy to our solar system. The girls also had the opportunity to interview the speakers to find out more about their work. The next step is writing their articles which we are looking forward to seeing.

Later that week, 9th March, we invited Rob Bollam, Senior Lecturer in Engineering and Drone Technology from Wrexham Glyndwr to talk to the Science society about Drone Technology and Operations. He gave an interesting talk on the legalities behind drone flying and the myriad of uses of drones then went on to allows us to fly (and even race) some of his drones in the Old Library. Some of us were better at flying than others. Great to see some of the drone club joining the talk and a number of the students were interested in plans for a drone building competition next year.

The theme for 2017 Science week was “change” and throughout the week 1st-3rd form students had the opportunity to see a range of science demonstrations run by various members of the faculty including plating coins, making rainbows, and erupting fizz. They also got to try out experiments for themselves.. Making slime, bubble racing and kitchen chemistry.

On Thursday 16th March the majority of the fourth and fifth form headed to Birmingham NEC to the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair and enjoyed the range of theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits as well as careers information from STEM professionals.

At the same time as this a group eager A level PE students had the opportunity to gain an insight into the world of research in Sports and Exercise Science at Glyndwr University. The group enjoyed presentations from Professors of Exercise Physiology, Directors in Health and primary care as well as Undergraduate students.

To round off the week we were very lucky to have John Thatcher from Shropshire Astronomy Society return to talk to the Science Society in more depth about his and others’ work on the James Webb Telescope.