New STEM ambassadors

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Oct 072018
 

We are delighted to announce that five of our senior science students have qualified as STEM Ambassadors.

Alix Goodbrand, Allan Goodbrand, Lewis Houston, Aleena Nauman and Emma Ross have gone through a rigorous training programme.

They are now qualified to lead younger pupils in STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Big Bang STEM event

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Oct 072018
 

We get involved in lots of STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Last week Mrs Welsh organised a trip for some of our S2 pupils to a “Big Bang” event at New College Lanarkshire.

As well as doing lots of fun activities like Robotics and Animation, the pupils learned about some interesting careers.

More Nuffield success!

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Jun 222018
 

Congratulations to Allan Goodbrand who has gained a Nuffield Placement this summer.  This is our second success and Allan joins Aleena Nauman in representing the school in these prestigious placements.

While the rest of us wind down to the summer holidays, S6 pupil Allan is gearing up to go to Strathclyde University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He will work on a project to investigate how chemicals in the environment affect antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Well done and best wishes to Allan and Aleena, and thanks to Miss Feighan for setting them up.

Physics Trip to CERN, February 2019

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May 242018
 

The Physics Department is organising a trip to CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research, for next year’s Higher Physics pupils.

CERN is near Geneva and is most famous for its Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This particle accelerator is at the cutting edge of modern physics, and was used in the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012. CERN is also where the World Wide Web was invented.

This will be our first trip to CERN but we know of many other schools who have told us it is a fantastic experience.

The trip, from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th February 2019, will cost approximately £300. This includes flights, transfers, insurance and accommodation.

Information letters have been posted to the pupils who have opted for Higher Physics. The first 12 pupils to return a £50 deposit will get one of the 12 available places.

Cancer Research post for Aleena

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May 172018
 

We are delighted that Aleena Nauman in S5 has been successful in gaining a research placement with the Nuffield Foundation. This is a tremendous achievement for Aleena and a great honour for the school.

Nuffield Research Placements provide over 1,100 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

Aleena will spend her summer holidays working with Dr Mark Williams from Glasgow Caledonian University. The title of her project will be “Does sphingosine kinase 1 contribute towards bone marrow mediated chemotherapy resistance in Acute Myeloid Leukemia?”

 

National 4 and 5 pupils visit Hunterston Nuclear Power Station

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May 112018
 

A group of physics pupils enjoyed a trip to Hunterston B nuclear power station near Largs.  Before the trip, the pupils learned about nuclear power.  Some even made a model nuclear power station.  The pupils agreed that the most interesting part was seeing the control room with the big red button used for emergency shut downs.  One reactor was shut down for maintenance, and shortly after we visited it was announced that several cracks had been found in it.

Mitosis Movies

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Feb 232018
 

These great imovie clips were made by Miss Feighan’s S3 biology class to explain the process of mitosis.

Download them by clicking the links below:

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Silver CREST Awards for Aleena and Briony

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Feb 092018
 

Congratulations to senior pupils Briony and Aleena who recently achieved Silver Level CREST Awards.  These awards are presented by the British Science Association for work on individual science projects.  Briony focussed her studies on the evolution of the camera, researching how science has played a key role in the development of technology. Aleena looked at DNA and the scientific and ethical implications of Genetic Modification and Gene Therapy.  You can see their results on display in the science department.

Both girls received fantastic feedback from their assessors and are hoping to continue their involvement by registering themselves as STEM ambassadors. This will allow them to supervise younger pupils in science investigations.  Briony and Aleena are also applying for summer work placements with The Nuffield Foundation. Good luck girls!

Higher Human Biology pupils study hearts

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Nov 152017
 

Ms Hamilton’s Higher class watched the dissection of a bull’s heart, and some pupils were brave enough to hold it.  They were impressed at its size and weight.

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