As part of the Aiglon Discovery Programme, students in Years 7-9 have embarked on their Discovery Science Curriculum.
The aim is to enthuse students, develop lab skills, their curiosity and above all give our younger learners opportunities for hands-on self discovery in and outside the lab. It has been a challenging, fun and messy year with student achievement being outstanding across many areas.
Year 7's have seen sound waves in the form of flames, investigated hearing, made a pH indicator from red cabbage, explored local flora and fauna, measured our speeds up and down hills around campus, made stop-motion animations of solids liquids and gases and much more. Students have learned to use lab equipment safely and accurately and have been learning to design and carry out their own investigations.
Year 8's have been seeing how their hair stands on end using static electricity and linking this to the dry air in our mountain environment, made videos about muscle groups and movements, created stories and cartoons about digestion, and learned how to carry out more complex laboratory investigations. Their final project was a competition to design and build the best boat, using their understanding of forces and motion.
Year 9's have learned about evolution and natural selection, competing for the most M&Ms they could get with different types of beaks. They have researched local chemical industries including the neighbouring Bex salt mines. They have watched space shuttle launches and the Mars rover landing in real time, including using VR to see a 'real' Mars rover on campus! Most significantly they learned about the science behind Covid-19, so that they can myth-bust anti-vaxxers and make informed choices themselves. They have made models of the SARS-CoV2 virus and made some outstanding videos and leaflets to inform and protect our community.
Learn more about the Aiglon Discovery Programme.
Thank you to Mrs Abbott.