Science & Engineering Week

The Science department and students at Newton Abbot College were busy during national Science and Engineering Week this month.  Throughout the week there were lots of special activities aimed at celebrating Science, Engineering and Technology and the importance these play in our lives. QR codes were posted around the College so that everyone could take part in a Science treasure hunt using their mobile phones.  Year 7 and 8 students’ Science lessons were dedicated to DNA during the week where they learnt all about extraction and mutation.  They made DNA models and DNA sequence bracelets using thread and beads.  The bracelets carry the code of an organism and students had to create them ensuring the sequences matched correctly.  A group of gifted and talented Science students also had the opportunity to attend the Science Fair at Plymouth University. [caption id="attachment_6409" align="aligncenter" width="339"]Jaz Fawcett during a Science lesson (extracting DNA) Jaz Fawcett during a Science lesson (extracting DNA)[/caption] Our Science department ensured they were highly visible during the week thanks to their lab coats covered in hazard symbols and David Mounfield, Teacher of Science, treated all of the students to a Big Bang Science demo in assemblies. [caption id="attachment_6410" align="aligncenter" width="375"]Science team in their lab coats.  Back row L-R: Tracey Finnis, Ian Rodgers and Aude Odunlade.  Front row L – R: David Mounfield, Sam Faro and Hannah Jones. Science team in their lab coats. Back row L-R: Tracey Finnis, Ian Rodgers and Aude Odunlade. Front row L – R: David Mounfield, Sam Faro and Hannah Jones.[/caption] David Mounfield said “We wanted to use Science week as an opportunity to raise the profile of Science amongst our students and to encourage them to question how things work.  They are the doctors, designers, engineers and problem solvers of the future who will work together to overcome challenges that are currently beyond our imagination.”

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