Bright and early on Friday morning, pupils in Years 7, 8 and 10 met at school for the visit to the British Science Festival in Birmingham.
The main focus of the visit was to attend three lectures on a variety of topics. Planet Challenge was a fun show which used a quiz format to enthuse and educate the pupils all about space. Accelerate used explosions, hair-raising experiences, liquid nitrogen, giant beach balls flying around the theatre and objects which float in mid-air to show how particle accelerators can do everything from recreating conditions just after the Big Bang to finding new ways to treat cancer. Mobiles Made Simple was a practical hands-on discussion based workshop exploring the history and science of telecommunications up to wireless technology using the BlackBerry as an example. This even involved dismantling and reassembling a BlackBerry.
In the afternoon we also visited Thinktank, the Birmingham Science Museum.
Friday 17th September 2010 saw Years 7 to 8 getting on the coach and travelling almost 140 miles to the British Science Festival in Birmingham. The coach trip lasted about 3 hours. We were pleased to eventually get off the coach, get some fresh air and stretch our legs.
The day consisted of several hour-long sessions. The Planet Challenge, which involved a fun quiz and several interesting experiments, was held in the university along with Mobiles Made Simple, a fascinating show which involved taking apart a BlackBerry phone with our bare hands, then attempting to put it back together again! The other show, Accelerate, was held in the museum, (ThinkTank) and was rather more action-packed than the previous two. This show involved hydrogen balloons, liquid nitrogen, and even a few electric shocks!
During the afternoon we had two hours to look around the museum. There were four very interesting floors to explore and look at the exhibits on display. There was a very varied selection of displays and installations; each floor had its own ‘theme’.
All good things come to an end though, so eventually we all got on the coach once again and headed back home, stopping at Bristol to have some dinner.