Again we were fortunate to obtain free places for Year 9 girls to attend the 2019 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. The event was held at the prestigious Royal Society building near Pall Mall, where we were able to meet scientists from universities and businesses from around the country who are undertaking pioneering research.
There were 22 exhibits, all interactive with scientists on hand to answer questions. The exhibits covered topics such as: Robots in Danger Zones, the Mathematics of Cancer, Super Biomaterials to Fight Superbugs, Lighting the Brain after Birth and A Recipe for Primordial Life.
As well, we went to a lecture: The Human Guinea Pig Show, where we saw lung and bladder investigations being carried out using new technology – thankfully only by video streams!
The grandiose building itself was worth the visit alone, having been built in the 1660s for the Royal Society- the first Science Society in the world. This Society aims to promote and support excellence in Science, and to encourage the development and use of Science for the benefit of humanity. Sir Isaac Newton was an early President, and the current 1,694 Fellows and Foreign Members include around 80 Nobel Laureates. Each year about 52 Fellows are elected from around 700 candidates.
Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was elected President of the Royal Society in 2015; he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009 and was awarded a knighthood in 2012.
The Science Teachers now hope that the Year 9 girls will be inspired to follow Sir Ramakrishnan’s path and work hard for their Science GCSEs; one day the girls could even become Fellows themselves!
Mrs Burridge, Mrs Kandeepan and Ms Pugalanthi