Science Week 2016

March 28, 2016

St Paul’s Science Week kicked off on 11 March with a lecture on the second century BC artefact, the Antikythera Mechanism (pictured above). Tara Shutes in the V writes ‘Dr Maria Pavlidou explained that new research suggests the mechanism is the oldest analogue computer ever constructed, used for mapping the movements of celestial objects which is far more technologically advanced than any other surviving artefacts of its time’. We were also lucky to host Professor Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at UCL and prize-winning author, and Dr Nessa Carey, International Director at PraxisUnico and author of The Epigenetic Revolution, who both gave fascinating lectures.The various science clubs and societies went all out: MIV Science Club concocted Mentos fountains; Dissection Society turned their scalpels on a piglet; Rocket Club launched a compressed air rocket over the sports hall and Explosions Society impressed with revolving fire tornadoes. Girls had the opportunity to examine a crime scene in a forensic science workshop, take part in a week-long treasure hunt and discuss engineering careers in the Royal Navy with OP Holly Phillips. In conjunction with their Mars lander project, the UIV explored the night sky inside an inflatable planetarium that took up residence in the Great Hall. You can read more about the week’s activities on the Science Week blog.

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