Science Week Is A Success
Students at Tupton Hall School were once again engaged in a
range of activities for last week’s National Science Week.
Key Stage 3 students were treated to a wonderful display of
Falconry on Monday morning, with a local group bringing in a number of birds to
show to the enthusiastic pupils. From a humble barn owl to an eagle owl and
even a harris hawk, students were able to study and hold each of the majestic
creatures, and were fascinated as owner Andy Doman explained their diet, how
they survive in the wild, and the stories behind how each of them came into his
Students then got down to business dissecting owl pellets and identifying precisely what the animals had eaten by matching bones found in the owl’s waste to an information sheet. Armed with magnifying glasses and tweezers, they carefully mined the pellets for the skeletal remains of the various rodents and small birds making up the owl’s diet.
Activities continued throughout the week with a number of
environmental practical experiments, culminating on Thursday’s National Demo
Day where students watched and took part in a wide range of demonstrations. Events
included examining the lungs of a pig, taste tests, an eyeball dissection and
demonstrations of static electricity amongst many others. From rat dissections
to making flames change colour by adding different chemicals to them, pupils
were shocked, sometimes disgusted, but most importantly, enthralled by what
they were seeing and taking part in.