14 February 2019

On Monday 11th February 2019, 47 pupils from year 9 and 10 had the opportunity to go to the GCSE Science LIVE trip, taking place at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Students had the privilege to meet and interact with numerous scientists including Professor Robert Winston, Professor Dave Cliff, Professor Alice Roberts, Professor Lucie Green and Dr Helen Czerski. We heard fruitful discussions and valuable information from the renowned scientists on various topics from their own experiences and expertise.

First Dr Helen Czerski talked to us about her experiments in the Arctic about sea ice. She discussed the influence of ocean bubbles on the atmosphere and the wildlife in the constantly moving sea ice.

Next, Professor Lucie Green told us about the activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. We learnt that the Sun produces solar flares based on the magnetic field around the Sun.

We also received useful tips from examiner Stewart Chenery, who taught us how to answer GCSE science questions in our exams, by explaining the different command words and explanations.

Professor Robert Winston discussed the process of the cell cycle and how they develop into embryos. He also talked about genetic diagnosis.

After lunch, Professor Alice Roberts informed us about evolution and Natural Selection. She spoke about the domestication of dogs, cattle and horses.

Lastly, Professor Dave Cliff went through the past, present and future of computer science and technology.

Everyone enjoyed the interesting and inspiring experience to learn new things in science. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet famous scientists and helped improve our perspective on fascinating science related innovations.

Roshan, year 9.