On 29 November, Head of Science, Dr McCaw, hosted our annual science symposium with Cheltenham Ladies’ College, an event held each year since 2012.
This year the event had to be conducted remotely. Despite this there was record participation, with 29 Wykehamists from Year 12 presenting a scientific topic that they had researched with a partner from Cheltenham. The Wykehamists were presenting in front of a socially-distanced audience of their peers and a don in Science School while simultaneously streaming over Teams to the audience at Cheltenham, enabling them to connect across both schools.
Matt Gill, Head of Science and Chemistry at Cheltenham, said "The symposium with Winchester is a highlight of the department calendar and gives our girls the valuable opportunity to research a scientific topic with boys from Winchester College that they present together. This year's event was a good experience for all - I've had positive feedback from the girls - despite the remote format."
Dr McCaw added, “I was impressed at the effort that the boys and girls put into their presentations and their enthusiasm on the day, particularly in overcoming the challenges of not being able to present together in person.” The standard of the presentations was very high, on topics ranging from robotics in medicine, to asymmetric synthesis, to gravitational waves.
7th December 2020
This term's Science Society lecture featured Nobel-prize winning, theoretical physicist, Professor J. Michael Kosterlitz.
19th September 2020
Science School has a diverse collection of fascinating objects, from an 18th-century microscope, fossils and taxidermy birds, to apparatus used to teach physics in the early 20th century. Twenty-four of the most interesting and unusual objects from the collection are now online.
22nd June 2020
English don Tom Quayle considers how literature bears "the indelible impression of its time" and what that might mean for the writing taking place during this turbulent period.
15th June 2020
Delivering lessons online and then wandering an empty campus, English don Mrs Lucia Quinault, feels the presence of previous pupils and teachers, with the grounds and buildings imbued with their happy memories.
8th June 2020
English don, Richard Stillman reflects on the protests sweeping the United States and United Kingdom, what we might do to educate ourselves, and how this might help make a difference.
1st June 2020
Two brothers write of their experiences of lockdown together, with one studying for exams, and the other continuing his singing, remotely.