The Perse School

Prep pupils go on a voyage of discovery during Science Week

13 Jun 2017

Science Week celebrated the wonderful diversity of science, from psychology and engineering, to emergency medicine to space exploration. Unique to the Prep, the week reflects the talent and generosity of the Perse parents who delivered the majority of the workshops and talks.

The impressive variety of talks about different branches of medicine gave children an inspiring and uplifting insight into medical research and treatment. The week was kicked off by Dr Messahel, who gave a fascinating insight into the challenges and rewards of working in paediatric oncology. Mr Codispoti encouraged children to follow their dreams as he had done in becoming a heart surgeon and Dr West gave a brilliant introduction to cardiology. Professor Chappell gave Year 6 a fascinating introduction to pregnancy and birth; a topic which they will be studying this term. Children also learned key emergency skills from Professor Chappell and Dr Madan. The Acute Neonatal Transport Service gave an inspiring talk about their work and children had fun operating the lights and sirens of an ambulance. Prep pupils loved Mr Alexander’s use of art, visual games and optical illusions to illustrate how the eye works.

Dr Foster explained the psychology behind conformity and conversion in her fascinating talk about how to make friends and influence people. Budding engineers listened in awe to Miss Geiger’s talk about animated models and children enjoyed flying drones and learning about robotics with Mr Kendall. The highlight of the week for one Y4 pupil was “learning about space” and astronomy with Mr Macdonald. Mr Ponder inspired future inventors with a talk about scientific inventions and patents. Prep pupils had a wonderful week which gave them new opportunities to learn about all areas of science.

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