The Prep and Senior School celebrated British Science Week in true Babington style.
For the Senior School, all science lessons were collapsed, and teachers stuck to their promise of stepping away from the curriculum to put on a true scientific spectacle. Some of our girls took part in a ‘Colour Craziness’ workshop where they were able to make their own natural dyes, colour-changing jewellery and some incredible patterns with just milk, food dye and fairy liquid.
For some, the most memorable part of the week was the ‘Into the Body’ workshop whereby pupils got the rare opportunity to dissect an array of body parts including eyes, kidneys, hearts, and an entire mouse! It was lovely to see the girls get stuck in and have fun, exploring basic biology for themselves.
For those more squeamish, pupils enjoyed competing in a Bottle Rocket competition. Using only bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, pupils built and fired their own bottle rockets. While there were some that had trouble getting off the ground, others soared beyond the trees to the delight of their engineers.
Meanwhile years 3 to 6 helped solve a terrible crime in Laboratory 1. In groups, pupils had to use deductive reasoning and scientific skill to solve the mystery of the ‘Murder at Babington’. Luckily, their experimental skills were up to the challenge and they were all able to reveal the terrible truth; UV light uncovered invisible ink on the murder note left by Mrs Hotham!
On Thursday we were delighted to welcome First Edition who gave the pupils an engineering challenge. Pupils worked from a range of year groups had to use their engineering skills to construct a marble run roller-coaster using nothing but paper and masking tape. Congratulations to Team Anning for coming first in both rounds!
With an ongoing photography competition and leading scientists as external speakers popping in throughout the week, the Senior School have certainly been busy! All visitors commented on how rare an experience it is to work with such polite and enthusiastic pupils; they were a true testament to the school and should be commended for their passion and drive throughout the week.