Potteries Science Festival
Friday evening a group of our Year 8 students and a student from Year 9 went to represent the academy at the Potteries Science Festival awards evening.
16 students from Year 8 were chosen from a city-wide competition to attend the finals of the Scientist of the Year competition. The students had researched and completed over a number of weeks their own science investigations; some of the themes included:
“How does music effect our heart rate?”
“What smells does a snail like best?”
“What liquids effect the size orbeez can grow to?”
“Does the colour of ice effect how quickly it melts?”
“How does the concentration of hair dye effect the strength of hair?”
“What liquids make flowers last the longest?”
The students produced display boards of their work and then had to articulate their work to three University professors from Staffordshire University, Keele University and Oxford University who found it very difficult to chose a winner but eventually chose “How does the concentration of hair dye effect the strength of hair?” as the winning project completed by Gharsanay, Caitlynn and Eman.
In addition to this, Yasmine in Y9 won the App designer competition for her app for schools.
All of the students were a credit to the academy and both the public who attended the show and all of the University professors who judged the work (and some who just came to look because the projects looked so fantastic in the reception of the Science building at Staffordshire Uni) had fantastic things to say about them all – they were really taken with their enthusiasm and love of learning.
Here are some of the comments our students received on the evening…
“Really taken with their enthusiasm and their love of learning.”
“Thinking beyond what’s right in front of you.”
“There were other entries but the entries from the COOP academy were by far the best.”
“The way in which your students have not only completed the experiments but can articulate what they have done is outstanding.”
A huge well done to the following students…