STEM

Four girls take part in exciting festival of chemistry at Oxford University

On Thursday 21st March four U4  girls (Alina, Grace, Lilli and I) had the amazing opportunity to go the Oxford University Chemistry labs. We spent the first part of the day learning about and how to make paracetamol and finished in the afternoon with a competition on who could make the longest thread out of nylon.

Four girls stand in lab coats in front of the periodic table
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Researcher talks about work in exciting field

A group of girls from L5 to U6 enjoyed a thoroughly-engaging talk on cancer research from an eminent researcher.

Dr Hannah Bolland, from the University of Nottingham, visited Headington on Thursday 14th March to talk about her experiences of completing her PhD in Cancer Research.

Dr Hannah Bolland talks to a girl about her work in cancer research
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Firsthand view of Medicine at Oxford offered

On Friday 8th March, Headington's MedSoc were fortunate enough to have Becca Young, President of the Student  Medical Society at Oxford, come in and share her experiences of applying to medical school.

Becca Young talks to three aspiring medics
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Natalia's fascinating future look into AI wins prestigious prize

Each year the Royal College of Science Union of Imperial College, London holds its Science Challenge for undergraduates and school students.

Natalia receives her certificate from Headington Head of Science Mr Jason Morris
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Oxford University experts hold Neuroscience for Teaching event at Headington

Alongside the busy daily routine of educating young people, Headington School is also a regional hub for teacher training via Post Graduate Certificate in Education and School Centred Initial Teacher Training, so it was a real pleasure to host guests from Oxford University and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging to speak about the neuroscience of learning.

Presenter stands with screen behind and audience in front
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Science ambassadors debunk the science behind magic

As part of British Science Week 2019, U3 and L4 were treated to a theatre spectacle based on the theme of magic performed by our Sixth Form Science Ambassadors.

The audience marvelled at some implausible imagery, logic-defying demos and captivating chemistry. Hearing and eyesight were tested, deceiving rows of girls as they tried to identify the calls and otherworldly shapes of the animal kingdom.

Science ambassador holds square in front of her, seemingly suspended
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Biology in action in our colourful fish tank

Spring has sprung in the Biology department. The fish in the aquarium have noticed that the days are getting longer and have started preparing for new life. Two baby starfish have been spotted although you have to be quick to see them because they’re hiding in the sand. The two remaining clownfish have laid eggs which the male clownfish is fiercely guarding.

Interior of fish tank with many fish of different colours swimming around
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Sophia describes experience of studying in Turin

Prospective medical students were given an insight into a different route into the profession after a special talk from a Headingtonian.

Sophia Hodgkinson has had an interesting journey since leaving Headington three years ago. Having determined to study Medicine, but not reaching the required grades at A Level, Sophia investigated studying Medicine abroad.

Sophia is pictured with a sixth former sitting at a table
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Impressive showing in national challenge from Rosie

An U4 girl is celebrating after reaching the finals in a computational thinking challenge at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford

Rosie is presented with her certificate in the setting of Hertford College
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Dissection Club gets off to a strong start

An academic club created and led by Headington girls is already yielding some interesting results.

Dissection Club started on Tuesday 22nd January and will take place once a fortnight. The club was started by some keen L6 biologists and is mostly aimed at Sixth Form and U5 girls to give them the opportunity to really spend some time fine tuning their dissecting skills.

They dissected chicken legs this week and found a very surprising fibula bone which none of the girls realised that chickens had!

Four girls sit around the table in lab coats with dissection trays
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