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25th March 2019

Blowing stuff up and crazy experiments were the order of the day last week as Cedar celebrated British Science Week.

Budding scientists from across all year groups took great pleasure in dissecting lungs and eyes and watched a series of experiments lead by Mr Swift including how to make slime.

Year 8 took to the science laboratory during their study of gothic fiction in English lessons during British Science Week. Dr Boyd and Mr Sutton’s class were challenged with mixing the elixir that turns Dr Jekyll into Mr Hyde. Students used scientific terminology to talk about the potion-making process before writing up their thoughts and findings in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson. The class also considered the links between different subjects on the curriculum, and how their skillset can be widely applied throughout their schooling.

Students from Manchester University returned on Wednesday with the Flash Bang Extravaganza and put on a show for our feeder schools, Rushbrook and Old Hall Drive – as usual it was action packed and full of explosions, indoor fireworks and more. During their visit, primary school pupils also tried to complete the VEX Robotics challenge with Miss Marsh.

Students from Year 9 discovered what life is like after school when they attended the Science Extravaganza at the University of Manchester. One minute they were sitting through a serious lecture on stem cell research and the next they were busting moves with a dancing robot!

The week concluded with a trip to the Jaguar Land Rover factory, here students got the experience of walking around the assembly line and watched as a robotic arm worked side by side with employees to build a car. From a flat sheet of steel at one end, to a car at the other, it was fascinating to watch the process from start to finish. A fun end to the week and definitely a place we’ll visit again.

A big massive ‘thanks’ to GM Higher from Mr Burkitt and the science department, the trips and activities during the week have been a great experience for our students.