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Glebelands School became a Specialist Status Science College in September 2004. The specialism allows us to promote the STEM subjects within the local community and to enrich these courses for our students. Glebelands School runs a number of outreach programmes throughout the year. These include community science shows three times a year where we are able to attract high quality science and mathematics communicators from around the country. We offer opportunities to local feeder primary schools that bring in students to study areas of science they cannot access at their school as easily. We also offer a community science week that see over 400 students from local primary schools who come to complete a science challenge. All of these activities are to promote and engage students, and the community, with the STEM subjects which is a real passion of the school. 

Glebelands School Community Science Show – Science Misadventures

On Thursday 2nd February Glebelands School hosted its Community Science Show, Science Misadventures by Fran Scott. Fran is an internationally recognised science communicator being on shows on BBC Learning Zone as well as a number of other shows on CBBC such as Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom. Fran has won an RTS Award and has been nominated for three BAFTAs for her TV shows.

The talk was a journey through Fran’s career in becoming a science demonstrator and how she uses the fundamentals of science, “experimentation”, to design demonstrations suitable for a TV audience. The audience where shown the strength of friction by having a tug of war between the themselves and two yellow pages, the wonders of Newtonian fluids and how to make very loud bangs from very small bubbles. The audience had a real buzz about it as it was exposed to a number of demonstrations and crowd participation was a big part.

As Glebelands School is a Science and Mathematics specialist school we pride ourselves on the promotion of the STEM subjects to our community and students and these events allow them to see the opportunities available through these subjects. Fran’s talk had an underlying theme of how she applies the basic principles of science in lots of different ways and that science is just about trying to answer questions and that people shouldn’t be put off by it because actually it is a lot of fun.

It was a very enjoyable evening and a great end to a fantastic Community Science Week at Glebelands School.

Glebelands School Community Science Challenge

Over the last week Glebelands School has been running its Community Science Challenge. This has seen over 400 students in year 1-6 from our local primary schools competing to produce the tallest working lighthouses! Glebelands School pupils also had the opportunity to compete in an inter-form challenge in year 7 and 8.

The groups took on the role of structural engineers and the challenge was for the pupils to make a lighthouse with a working bulb on top that was controlled by a switch. The taller the lighthouse the more points the groups received, as well as bonus points for a working bulb, a switch and completing the Maths Challenges alongside. The students had a budget to make the lighthouse models with and it was amazing to see the structures they created from a limited number of resources. The tallest tower over the three days was an amazing 1.5m, which was taller than a lot of the participants!!

What we love about these challenges is the creativity that the students have in designing and working together with such enthusiasm to complete the task. It gives the teachers a real chance to see the pupils working in a different environment and you can see a real engagement in order to try and build the best lighthouse.

As Glebelands School is a Science and Mathematics Specialist College we take the promotion of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects very seriously, and find this a great experience to give students the opportunity to carry out some experiments that they may not get to do on a day to day basis in their school; hopefully inspire some of the future generations to take a real interest in the field of Science and Engineering.

Stefan Radwanski

Head of Science