British Science Week is a celebration of science – aiming to provide fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities. Here at Ribblesdale it was no exception. During the week Year 7 were recorded reciting all known elements – no mean feat as there are over 100 of them. Visitors from British Aerospace made hovercrafts using fans from computers, Alston Observatory posed the question of extra-terrestrial life and explained the formation of everything. Dave Wyld, a first responder from the ambulance service, provided information on his work and general first aid, ensuring all in the class had their oxygen saturation and pulse measured. Custard the twelve-foot snake was a definite hit, taking 5 people to hold him. Critters2you provided amazing opportunities for pupils and staff to learn, hold and interact with spiders, iguanas, snakes and monitor lizards. Tuesday night saw parents and pupils attend a Murder Mystery Evening where they performed forensic techniques to solve the murder of Mr Plant with all the usual suspects from the game of Cluedo.

For those with a strong constitution there were autopsy lunches, including eye, lungs and heart dissection. The Science buskers were also out and about at lunchtime and morning registration demonstrating whizz, bang experiments. Pupils from Year 10 were treated to a trip to 3M, with a tour and presentation of the processes within the company, pupils also received a ‘goody bag’. Year 8 pupils visited the Museum of Science and Industry, linking science in industry to work covered in the class.

Activities were not just limited to recreational time, within science lessons Year 7 worked on improving the environment planting bee friendly plants and making bug hotels on the advice of Lancashire Bee Keepers who visited classes explaining the social structure of a hive and providing the opportunity to dress in beekeeper suits. Year 8 followed in Harry Potters footsteps performing potions aka chemical reactions. Year 9 designed drones and the science behind these flying machines. Mr Webster visited Year 7 classes, explaining how planes were made and pupils competed to make the most aerodynamic paper plane. School lunches also had a science theme with DNA pasta twists and volcanology smoothies.