STUDENTS at King’s Ely took part in a nationwide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for British Science Week from March 14-20.

Organised by the British Science Association, British Science Week aims to produce a platform to inspire and support teachers, STEM professionals and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.

Young scientists in King’s Ely Junior were given an exclusive inside view into the heart and lungs. Biologists from King’s Ely Senior were on hand to explain the structure and function of the vital organs to support the pupils’ learning of the human body and respiration. Dissection of a sheep pluck (heart and lungs) and a large bull’s heart enthralled all who attended and ended in a hands-on session for those who dared!

After learning all about reversible and irreversible chemical changes, Year 5 pupils put their newly gained scientific skills into action by undertaking an exciting experiment at home. With only a minimal amount of adult help, the pupils grew their own edible sugar crystals. Four Junior pupils were also lucky enough to take part in two chemistry challenges at Cambridge University laboratories.

Over in King’s Ely Senior, biologists explored the wonder and oddity of the eye. The students were fascinated to learn how it has evolved in a way that seems backwards and upside down, but obviously work very well. This activity provided another opportunity for students to have hands-on experience with eyes to dissect.

Lessons illustrating the importance of Oxytocin in a variety of situations, such as mother-infant bonding, and the variety of ways Sport Science are used to improve a sportsperson’s performance, were also a favourite with students.

Jane Thomas, Vice Principal Academic at King’s Ely Senior, said: “”Many of our pupils go on to study STEM subjects at universities both in the UK and overseas and so British Science Week was a wonderful opportunity for students and teachers to explore science beyond the curriculum.”

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