STEM

Girls pose interesting genetic engineering questions for challenge

On Thursday 29th November, four sixth forners took part in the Aspire to Engineer: The Genetic Engineering Challenge being organised by the Natural History Museum.

Maya and Teresa stand in front of whiteboard
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On Monday 26th November, 22 enthusiastic biologists travelled to Warwick University to hear about the real life application of Biology. They were given a taste of live microscopy, learnt what life would be like as a primate, took a journey through the oesophagus and learnt how the body survives at high altitude. The girls spent time on the campus alongside other A Level students and were given tips for exam success. A motivational day was had by all! Read a report from Anson, U6, below.

Girls stand in line in front of Warwick University building
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Giant plastic sea creatures created to highlight plastic waste issues

Girls worked together to highlight the issues of waste plastic in a collaborative project incorporating different areas of Science.

The Group 4 project is a collaborative Science project for the L6 run as part of the IB programme.

Girl holds large plastic fish
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Students take part in challenging contest

Four sixth formers competed in the Senior Team Maths Challenge.

Here is an account from Kelsey, L6, who was part of the team.

As a member of the math challenge team of four, I learnt so much from the other team members, not only in the academic maths skills but also in the practical skills from organising private practices and practicing as a whole team after school.

Four sixth formers hold their maths challenge certificates
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Trip to Oxford Botanic Gardens and Osney Lock Hydro

On a very cold November day, a small group of Environmental Science students visited the Oxford Botanic Gardens and the locally-funded and volunteer run hydroelectric plant at Osney Mead.

Three girls stand in glass house in Oxford Botanic Gardens
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Fascinating event brings two disciplines together

To celebrate the technical and aesthetic work carried out here in the UK and to give artists an experience of what it means to work in a research environment, several leading universities at the cutting edge of jet engine design invited Oxford-based artists and the Ruskin School of Art to share in their scientific process.

Girl reaches across to touch piece of scientific equipment
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New challenge set for robotic enthusiasts

Saturday 10th November saw four girls from our Student Robotics team go to a special Kickstart event at Southampton University to compete in some mini-games to familiarize themselves with the kit, in addition to bringing the new kit back with them.

Three girls sit around computer with pieces of robotic equipment in front of them
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Allison, Hani and Isabel are Headington's Young Scientists of the Year

On Monday 15th October the county’s finest Year 13 scientists assembled for Oxfordshire’s Young Scientists of the Year 2018 which saw Headington’s Hani, Isabel and Allison nominated for Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively.

Allison, Isabel and Hani are pictured in the Natural History Museum
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Prof Holly Bridge explains seeing with the brain

For our first enrichment lecture of the year, 30 U5 and Sixth Form girls  were delighted to welcome Professor Holly Bridge from the nearby neurophysiology labs at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Prof Bridge did not study Biology at A Level so was surprised to find herself thoroughly enjoying the research work she carried out on vision and she continued her research from there on. Maya reflects on what she heard below.

Girls sit in science lab watching Prof Holly Bridge
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Fantastic results in challenging Chemistry competition

In June many of the L6 Chemists took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. 

This is problem-solving competition where students pit their brains against difficult questions about chemistry in the world around us. It is a precursor to the Chemistry Olympiad run by the Royal Society of Chemistry. I am delighted to announce that Anna was awarded a gold certificate and a further 13 students received copper certificates.  

Winners of certificates in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge
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