The activity for the day was ELISA testing, which is a scientific method used for detecting diseases. Our most able year 8 scientists and year 5 students from local primary schools took part throughout the day.
They were given a range of (pretend!) samples from people who may have caught a disease. They then had to work as a team to establish who was infected and who wasn’t so appropriate treatment could be given to the victims.
The teamwork and enthusiasm shown by all groups was superb, with a high level of scientific thinking demonstrated throughout. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the activity and hopefully it has inspired many of them to work towards a scientific career in the future.
As a Science College, Great Baddow High School deliver a wide range of activities that aim to challenge our students across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). This year they have included:
- A bridge building club and annual competition
- Bloodhound rocket cars club and competition
- Faraday challenge engineering/coding event
- Space week assemblies
- Space week short story competition in collaboration with the English department
- 'Slime' making activity after school during science week
- Annual visit to the Big Bang Fair
- UCLH Radiotherapy visit (A-level Physics)
- UKAYRoC rocket competition
- Science week poster competition
- Science week author visit in collaboration with the library
- 'Thinkers in Education' ELISA testing event for more able Year 8s and Year 5s
- Project Soothe assemblies to years 7-10
Next year is likely to be very similar, with some additions such as the 'First Lego League' competition, which will be run as a weekly club, and a greater emphasis on inter-house activities and this programme grows each year.
We have also applied to host a Faraday Challenge Day here next year and are very excited to be hosting Physics Fest in December, which is a big local event and we hope that many of you will come along and get involved in a day of science based fun activities.
Mr K Butcher
Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator