Nord Anglia Education
Nord Anglia
09 February, 2023

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science at NAISAK

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science at NAISAK

This week we have been celebrating Science all week, to coincide with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Primary school students had a wonderful assembly on Monday, led by Mr Gent and Mr Phillips. They did some very exciting demonstrations, including some surprising ‘bangs and flashes’ near the end – the children loved it! On Thursday, it was fun to see the younger students dressed as scientists for their special day of celebration. Further up the school, we interviewed girls in our Secondary school about why they think science is important, the challenges women face in science, and how we can overcome these challenges; they also made links to the UNICEF Sustainable Development Goals. As you will be aware, our Global Campus has many fun activities about Science, the Sustainable Development Goals and plenty of other projects to try. Don’t forget to log in to Global Campus and see what’s new – it’s a great resource for your children, whatever their age.

Liz Lamb

Some of the exciting events that have taken place in Primary School for IDWGIS include Mr. Gent leading a series of science assemblies with help from the secondary science teachers, where the children got to witness some surprising and exciting science experiments, learning about pendulums, chemical reactions, and diffraction.

Each year group has also been learning about different famous female scientist, such as Joan Beauchamp Procter, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Blackwell. The children have created some amazing posters, videos and artwork about these inspiring people. We also had some parents come in to speak to Years 3, 4 and 6 and tell us all about their work as female scientists! The children learned about how they got into science and how they use what they learned at school and university.

As part of Nord Anglia's collaboration with MIT, children took part in a challenge set by Dr. Sara Seager, who studies exoplanets and potential life outside the solar system. They had fun designing their own exoplanets and imagining what life might be like on them - you can see all the amazing designs on Global Campus.

Finally, we ended the week with a day where children came dressed as a scientist; we had some truly amazing costumes and celebrated many famous scientists, such as Isaac Newton, Rachel Carson and Mariam Al-'Ijliyyah. Well done to everyone who took part!