British Science Week 2018 runs from 9th—20th March and the Science Faculty have arranged a number of interesting activities, such as a range of exciting interactive workshops, a trip to the NEC for the Big Bang Fair, a quiz and competition. Look out for the Thoughts for Science Week, which you’ll see on the screen in the foyer, as well as on our social media.
Interactive Workshop – Marine Conservation Society
The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. For over thirty years MCS has been the voice for the sea for all the fascinating creatures that live beneath the waves, for our breath-taking coastal environment, for all those who make a sustainable living from the sea and for everyone who simply enjoys visiting the beach and our glorious coastline. Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife. Our vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive.
Welsh waters and coastline are really amazing, and it’s not just Welsh people who are saying it! There’s plenty of it, too, because Wales has a staggering 2,740 km (1,702 miles) of coastline, including offshore islands, dramatic cliffs, secluded sandy beaches and rock pools to explore. All provide a spectacular backdrop for a range of leisure activities and watersports.
Welsh seas are widely recognised as being important, with 37% of the marine environment and 75% of the coastline protected under European legislation, and it is recognised as being of both national and European importance – although the extent of the protection is, to say the least, patchy. Protection for underwater sites falls well short of providing full protection that these amazing places and the wildlife that lives in them needs
As well as being inadequately protected, these sites don’t necessarily contain all the Welsh marine wildlife that needs protecting. A Wales Environment Link report indentified that 4% of nationally important species are only found outside of the existing protected sites.
Wales occupies a very unique position, it’s on the boundary of three oceanic and climatic zones (North‐east Atlantic, Arctic Boreal, Lusitanian) and has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world! Those factors combine to make the marine wildlife off Wales more diverse than many other places in Europe.
Wales also has heaps of different types of seabed habitat, too, which provide ideal conditions for a huge variety of species. The sea around the country provides the perfect homes for some of our favourite marine wildlife such as seals, dolphins, porpoises, sharks, jellyfish and many more. To find out more, visit our website at https://www.mcsuk.org/wales/wales where you’ll find a wealth of information of what the Marine Conservation Society does and how you can help.
The Marine Conservation Society will be visiting our school to run an interactive workshop. More information will be posted up as it becomes available so watch this space!
Interactive Workshop – Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Welsh Water is the sixth largest of the ten regulated water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. Responsible for providing over three million people with a continuous, high quality supply of drinking water and for taking away, treating and properly disposing of the wastewater that is produced, we are fully committed to delivering best quality service at the least possible cost.
Water truly is amazing. But how much do you know about it? Do you know where it comes from? Or how it gets to your tap? What about how we make water safe to drink? Or the best ways to conserve it?
We’ve put together a wealth of interesting information and resources to help you discover the vital role water plays in our everyday lives. It’s all linked to the national curriculum, and has been developed with educational experts to stimulate and educate curious minds. Visit our website at http://www.dwrcymru.com/en/Education/Secondary.aspx Watch the videos below to find out how our water is gathered, treated and ends up in our taps!
Mystery Interactive Workshops
Several more workshops are coming your way, one of which is scheduled after Easter and will involve building a expansion bridge. More information to follow.
The Big Bang Fair 2018, NEC, Birmingham, Wednesday 14th March 2018
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. It’s an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals.
The event will show young people the exciting and rewarding opportunities out there for them with the right experience and qualifications, by bringing classroom learning to life. The Big Bang Fair also hosts national competitions, inviting young people from across the UK to compete, amongst other things, for the title of GSK UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of the Year.
Our Year 9 students are going along on Wednesday 14th March 2018. So if you haven’t yet filled out your permission slip, make sure you do. This is one show not to be missed! Here’s a glimpse of last year’s show.