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Year 9 hands-on science for CREST awards

Horses, gravity and smoking have been under scrutiny by Year 9 who have been exploring topics of their own choice for their science Bronze CREST awards.

On Friday the girls presented the results of their considerable research to fellow pupils, teachers and an external CREST assessor who all had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions!

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

 

How does gravity affect the tides? Is it the same on other planets? Taonga, Emilia and Harriet took a detailed look at the force which affects us all

With a keen interest in matters equestrian, Ellie and Emily decided to explore aspects of selective breeding and the physiology of horses as well as the evolution of equines.

Smoking – Mia and Kitty looked at some of the science behind the effects of smoking


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How do chameleons change colour? Alia, Sophie and Issy find out…

In our final look at  the science topics chosen by our Year 9 girls for their Bronze CREST awards we see Alia, Sophie and Issy exploring animal adaptations. What changes go on in the cells of a chameleon when it camouflages itself by changing colour? How does a ‘mimic octopus’ know what creature to impersonate to get out of danger, and how does it do it? These and many other questions were explored by the girls, who told me, “We found out so much! It is great to be able to choose your own topic for CREST… we chose this because we all like animals and thought this would be fascinating and have lots of different aspects.” The girls also said they enjoyed working as a team and developing their presentation and research skills.
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Could there really be a zombie apocalypse? Rosamaria, Faith-Marie and Sophie investigate…

Regular readers of our blog will know that we have been looking at Year 9’s exploration of science topics they chose for themselves for their Bronze CREST awards. Rosamaria, Faith-Marie and Sophie decided to look at whether a zombie apocalypse could really happen and what to do to survive one. Now, we know that scientifically, there is no possible way that the dead could spring forth from their graves, but the girls’ research did lead them to some fascinating cannibalism-related facts; for example:

We have all heard of mad cow disease – a neurological brain disorder brought on by feeding cow bone meal back to cows, essentially making them cannibals. “But we found out there is a human disease called Kuru which is basically the same thing but happens to people,” said the girls. Kuru is also known as laughing sickness due to the pathologic bursts of laughter people would display when afflicted with the disease. It is now widely accepted that Kuru was transmitted among members of the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea via cannibalism – making it the closest thing to the zombie scenario featured in so many popular films.

“Working on the CREST award was interesting because we developed our independent skills and were able to go into things in more depth,” the girls explained.
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Why is chocolate bad for dogs? Caitlin and Rebekah take a look…

Regular readers of our blog will know that we have been looking at Year 9’s exploration of their chosen science topics for the Bronze CREST awards. Caitlin and Rebekah decided to look at chocolate – how it is made and how it affects our brain.

“One of the many things we discovered about chocolate is is that there’s quite a lot of the chemical theobromine in it,” they said, “and that can kill dogs if they have too much of it. Another interesting fact is that chocolate – or, at least, the cocoa bean it is made from –  used to be worshipped as a god by Mayan Indians of Mexico 1500 years ago!”

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

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Could mermaids be real? Lucy, Mia and Izzy find out…

Year 9’s exploration of science topics of their own choice for their Bronze CREST awards has been fascinating! Lucy, Mia and Izzy set out to see if it might be possible to genetically modify a human to be a mermaid. Their research led them to explore the link between dolphins and mermaids and in particular looked at dolphins’ ability to communicate using echo location.

“The CREST work is great because you get to research your own topic and develop your team skills,” said Lucy, “and if we had unlimited time and resources I would love to test the genetic modification theory!”

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

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Does dieting make you miserable? Sarah, Darci and Clara investigate…

Earlier this month we reported on Year 9’s exploration of science topics of their own choice for their Bronze CREST awards and promised more details about the projects the girls had chosen. Sarah, Darci and Clara decided to research the science behind the feeling we describe as “happy”.

“We mainly focused on the neurotransmitter seratonin and how it affects your brain and lifts your mood,” they said. “We discovered that the foods you are encouraged to cut out when dieting are the ones that increase seratonin levels. If we had unlimited time and resources we would like to find out if there is a clear link between people who are happy and the food they eat.”

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

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Year 9 hands-on science for CREST awards

What have happiness, chameleons, chocolate, a zombie apocalypse and a dolphin all got in common?

Answer: they have all been under scrutiny by Year 9 who have been exploring topics of their own choice for their science Bronze CREST awards.

On Friday the girls presented the results of their considerable research to fellow pupils, teachers and an external CREST assessor who all had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions!  Look out for more detailed information about each project – coming soon on the blog.

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

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