St Paul's Catholic College Providing Education For The Diocese Of Westminster
The theme of this year's Science Week at St Paul’s was ‘Investigating Temperature’. At lunchtimes, the whole Science team worked with 140 students from Years 7 and 8. The students carried out a heat-giving experiment making foam and watched amazing demonstrations using liquid nitrogen where they were encouraged to think about how very low temperatures affect the materials around us.
Science Week is also a great way for younger children to develop an interest in Science so we were delighted to welcome teams from 6 primary schools to St Paul’s to take part in our after school event, alongside more of our Year 7 students. Mr Vandenberg gave the performance of a lifetime and entertained our budding young scientists with more wonderful demonstrations using liquid nitrogen such as making chalk hovercrafts, popping lids off pringles tubes and hammering nails made of supercooled blutack into brittle sponges. Children also had the chance to conduct experiments including how ice cold temperatures affect our muscles, how polar water currents work and how some chemical reactions absorb heat.
A firm favourite with the children is the Egg Competition which looked at how eggs shatter when they have been frozen in liquid nitrogen at -1960C. The student teams were then challenged to make a module to carry an uncooked egg which, when released from inner orbit (ie, dropped from a great height from a very tall ladder), would fall to the ground unbroken. All teams created some fantastic pieces of work. The winning team for Year 7 was ‘The Elements’ from 7E. The winning Primary School was ‘The St Michael’s Scientists’.
The Science Department would like to thank all the wonderful sixth formers who supported the after school event by working with student teams, helping our busy technicians and ensuring our visitors were greeted and directed well.