Science Society

The Science Society is led by an enthusiastic group of Lower Sixth science students with the help of Mrs McKeown.

Sixth Form scientists entertained enthusiastic groups of Form 1 pupils to the ever popular science shows.

Aaron Edgar compered the Halloween show and kept the audience alert with the unexpected noise of his exploding tablets, Richard Robinson employed a first former as his helper to make very messy slime, David Greeves burned metals which behaved in the same way as fireworks and David Creighton used vinegar and baking soda to form colourful foaming volcanoes. Ashley Smyth set a five pound note on fire and it survived! Richard Alexander finished the show with a display of flame colours produced by different metal compounds, many of which are seen in fireworks.

On Open Nights the team demonstrated the presence of Iron in Breakfast cereal and helped P7 pupils make Bath Bombs and Lava Lamps.

During the year pupils have entered science competitions writing scientific articles and poems.

Under the expert leadership of Dr Rolleston the school has become a registered user of the Faulkes Telescope in Hawaii. This is a 2.0 metre multi million dollar telescope which will allow us to obtain images of planets, star clusters and galaxies. The school has been allocated 3 half hour slots this year, which, weather permitting, should give us some fascinating information.

Further demonstrations, hands-on experiments and scientific talks are planned for later this year.