Science

Science Faculty Staff:

Ms Sandra Buchan – Principal Teacher Faculty (Chemistry/Environmental Science)
Mrs Alison FindlayPrincipal Teacher Physics
Miss Susan Rodwell (Biology)
Mrs Jane Gray (Biology)
Mr Cameron MacKenzie (Physics)
Miss Stephanie White (Biology)
Mrs Hazel Thorn (Biology)
Mrs Susan Taylor (Chemistry)
Mr Ken Cassidy (Physics)
Mr Craig Watson (Chemistry)
Mrs Susan Davidson  (Chemistry)

The Science Faculty offers pupils a range of Science subjects from S1-6.

S1 / 2
General Science course covering Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes at Level 3.

Topics covered:
Biodiversity and Interdependence
Energy sources and Sustainability
Processes of Planet
Electricity
Chemical Changes
Body Systems and Cells
Vibrations and Waves
Properties and Uses of Substances
Space
Earth’s Materials
Forces
Inheritance

There is also an elective course offered in Chemistry Club in S1 and S2.

S3

Curriculum for Excellence  Level 4 courses

Science ( Level 3/4)
Chemistry
Physics
Biology

S4

National 4 and National 5 courses

Chemistry
Physics
Biology

Environmental Science

S5/6

CfE Higher courses
Chemistry
Biology
Physics

S6
Advanced Higher courses

Chemistry, Physics, Biology

Scottish Baccalaureate in Science

 

The weather forecasts for Kemnay weren’t promising for the Solar Eclipse this term, but on the 20th March 2015, Pupils and Staff of the Academy were treated to intermittent blue skies, providing excellent opportunities to observe the first solar eclipse to be seen from Scotland this Millennium!

Higher physics classes welcomed junior Science classes, National 4/5, Advanced Higher classes and the Senior Management Team to their south facing labs on the top floor to watch the event. Optical filters, pinhole cameras, telescopes and overhead projectors were set up for people to view our Moon passing in front of our Star. A live feed from aircraft above the Faroe Islands was projected in the labs throughout the eclipse, with Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ and the old Jaffa Cake ‘Eclipse’ advert being the viral clips of the day!

‘This is amazing, what a view!’                  ‘Wow, that is so cool!’           ‘You can see the Moon moving!’

A fitting end to a successful celebration of British Science Week, here at Kemnay Academy.

Mr MacKenzie

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Science Baccalaureate Presentation
S6 student, Keren Lovie, has been studying for the Scottish Baccalaureate in Science. Her entertaining presentation on the topic of “The Meat Story” is the outcome of her researches into the breeding of cattle and is accessible here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tai_qwpgauU

 

Six pupils from S6 have won an award for Innovation at the STEM in the Pipeline competition 2013. This was in recognition of the creative work they did during the three-month long project and how they presented their work to Oil and Gas industry professionals at the final in BP Headquarters, Dyce.

  • Use of Facebook to communicate and plan work throughout the project when time in school was limited
  • Use of a cake to demonstrate the geology of the oilfield and how drilling would be carried out
  • A simple but effective demonstration at their stand of how the three-phase separation would work using kitchen chemicals

 

The pupils involved in the project all intend to study engineering and science further and have learned valuable skills through their participation in the project. They have also all achieved the Silver CREST award for previous engineering competition work.

 

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