The STEM event took place at Bromley college on Tuesday 11th November. It was a lecture on neuroscience and also, the question was proposed "how does the brain cope in extreme situations?"
It was led by Dr Mary Baker – Past President of the European Brain Council - and featured Sir Colin Blakemore, a world renown Neuroscientist, and Terry Waite who recounted stories of being held captive in Beirut. The event firstly opened our minds to the complexity of the brain; Sir Colin stated that over 1 million connections are made every second and said "the brain is always developing and adapting to situations." This was then demonstrated to us with a study on black cab taxi drivers. The area responsible for memory was significantly enlarged. Moreover another study observed that after the cab drives retire, their brains go back to normal size. After the incredibly informative talk from Sir Colin, we heard about what Terry Waite had to endure in Beirut; 4 years of solitary confinement, being chained to a wall for 23 hours and 50 minutes per day and a mock execution in which he genuinely believed he was going to die. With no sunlight and very little care about his health, he developed bronchitis as a result of living in such decrepit conditions. However, a tandem formed between the science of the brain and what mental mechanisms prevailed as a result of living in such conditions. Memory loss could be explained as a way of your body stopping you from experiencing depression and remembering the details of your negative situation. The most interesting part of the talk for me was his description of the formation of imaginary characters that Terry would ‘converse’ with mentally. Sir Colin explained this to be due to creating an imaginary reality as means to have social interaction and integration into a society. This meant that Terry Waite was able to keep his memory and personal identity intact by forming bonds and friendships with these people actively participating in a vivid reality.
Science week project winners:
Photo 1: Marissa Noel Yr 8
Photo 2: Rowan Brewer Yr8
Photo 3: Anthony Scully Yr8
Photo 4: Paris Oniri Yr 8
Photo 5: Grace Tchine Yr 7
Photo 6: No Name Yr 7 (please come to see Ms Yang)
Photo 7: Christian Mullhall Yr8
Science Project Winner 2015:
Photo 8: Julia Olczak-Smith Yr8
Well done to all students who have entered the competition and congratulations to all the winners, well done!
Mrs S. Mooney
A large number of KS3 students joined us at the Super Science Club last week for the science week.
Thank you to all the science teachers and students who had contributed and taken part. It was a great
Mrs S. Mooney
Year 8 Science 3D green village
The winners are Maisie, Lillian, Nojus, Christian and Mia!
Well done to the winners!
Budding Surgeons and Pathologists Practice Dissection Skills in Science!
Last week, science club conducted the first of two dissections. After learning about the gory history of human dissection, students worked carefully to identify valves, arteries, muscular walls and diagnose heart disease in their sheep’s hearts. Thanks as always to Mrs Najjemba Shobanjo and Mrs Marcellin who prepared another excellent learning activity for our keen young scientists. Next week… Fish eyes!
On Wednesday 26th November science club enjoyed a visit from Brockley-based bug specialist and spider collector, Andrew Smith.
His evolution themed session gave students the opportunity to learn all about the adaptation and survival of some of Earth’s longest surviving insects, reptiles and amphibians.
Students saw a range of creatures including a blue tongued skink, the seriously weird two-headed gecko, a tortoise, a terrapin, cockroaches, a scorpion, a grass snake and best of all… a tarantula!
Some students (and science teachers) overcame their fears and touched many of the exhibits.
We look forward to seeing Andrew and more of his collection again next year.
There are more photographs on the website
Calling all Citizen Scientists!
Cancer Research UK needs your help…
Cancer affects lots of people and often we feel there is very little we can do to help, until now!
Calling all computer gamers, here is your chance to use your hand eye coordination and problem solving skills to help cure cancer. The UK’s leading Cancer Research Scientists have teamed up with computer game developers to create a revolutionary way of carrying out scientific research.
‘Genes in space’ is a computer game that you can play on your mobile phone or tablet. You are a pilot of a customised space craft, flying through an asteroid field. Your goal is to harvest a valuable element called element alpha.
Here is the amazing part: the asteroid field is actually based on a real human gene. While you play this game, you are actually helping scientists navigate and analyse real genetic data from cancer patients. By playing genes in space, you are speeding up the analysis of cancer data and helping bring the cancer treatments of the future to the present! The combined processing power of all the phones and devices playing this game, allows scientists to look at patterns in actual gene data at a faster rate and map the potential causes of cancer.
Join the Science Revolution at Bonus Pastor and let’s help eradicate cancer forever. Download ‘Genes in Space’ from the Apple Store for your IPhone or IPad or Google Play for Android devices for free. Once you have downloaded the game, come to the science department and sign the intergalactic cancer fighter’s banner. We are Bonus Pastor- Doing our bit to help fight cancer!
Information on ‘Genes in Space’ : http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/play-to-cure-genes-in-space
Apple store link for ‘Genes in Space’: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/play-to-cure-genes-in-space/id784643890?mt=8
Google Play link for ‘Genes in Space’: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guerillatea.elementalpha
You tube video on Genes in Space’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeEDAchrc1U&safe=active