Just before the half term break, the Year 13s were working hard towards completing their Science Internal Assessment (IA) work. This usually involves each student working on an individual project designed and based on their individual interests. Each investigation takes up to 10 lab hours to complete. In the last week before the break students spent two whole days in the recently refurbished Sience labs, completing their IAs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The students have demonstrated great creativity and perseverance so far, with plenty more research and hard work still to come. Some of the projects they have worked on so far include finding out:
· The most effective length of time to wash your hands
· Whether a cheap and effective kitchen cleaner can be made from 7-11 vinegar
· The most effective recipe for making hand sanitiser
· Which brand of live yoghurt to use if you want to make your own yoghurt at home
· Whether salt solution is an effective ant repellent
· Whether the mammalian dive reflex is affected by gender
· If crushed egg shells do make an effective soil fertiliser
· To what extent bleaching hair affects its strength
Head of Science Mrs Neylon congratualed all the students on their perseverance in completing these time-intensive projects in the run up to a well deserved holiday. Thanks also to the entire Science Department, including our technicians and support staff who were on hand to assist.
We hope to find out what the results of the experiments were in due course...