Ivybridge Community College had a fantastic Science Week, packed full of inspirational activities.
The celebrations began with a talk by Coral Jonas, Head of Discovery, Learning and Research at Dartmoor Zoological Park about how to get into careers in Zoology. The students were also treated to a hands-on experience with a tenrec, a Western hognose snake and cockroaches.
Students in Years 7 to 9 were given special lessons, with the British Science Week theme of journeys and all students were invited to a series of lunchtime activities, including ‘Pops and Bangs’ and ‘Fish and Squid Dissection’, for which Lisève Fierens, from CEFAS (Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), came in to College to show students how to dissect these animals to be able to view the organs and to explain the adaptations.
The Year 8 students watched the ‘Big Bang’ Science Show by the Wonderstruck company, including huge smoke circles, exploding Rice Krispies and a human jet pack.
The week ended with a ‘Dress Like a Scientist’ competition, with the challenge of choosing careers in Science that do not involve wearing white coats. The winner of the competition was Alice in Year 11, who came dressed as an astronaut. Denise Smith, Director of Science said “It has been such a pleasure to provide these opportunities for our students and a delight to see how inspired they have been. They have been stopping myself and the Principal in the corridors to talk about how much they’ve enjoyed the week.”