There are over 100 sixth form students taking science subjects at Dane Court this year. They all took part in the Group 4 Project, an activity designed to provide them with an opportunity to develop their teamwork skills and explore a scientific topic in some depth.
Teams of students work on a research style project then create presentations of their work culminating in a Science Fair at the end of the week.
They were given a general theme and asked to define their own research topic within this. This year's theme was "Movement" which has given rise to some brilliantly diverse projects. Teams have been working on topics as varied as skydiving, earthquakes, movement of the HIV virus and rocket science.
The week aims to mirror how scientists work in the outside world, giving the students the opportunity to experience how to work as part of a team towards a common goal and also give them an idea how their science subject fits into the wider global community.
Local businesses Pfizer, Thanet Earth and Fujifilm have sponsored prizes for the best three scientific presentations. Representatives from these companies visited the science fair and judged the entries, along with Councillor Rosalind Binks (Mayor of Broadstairs), Head of School Andrew Fowler and Head of Sixth Form Annie Hale.
Paula Dabrowska commented "This science fair gave me a real insight into the difficult work scientists have to carry out in the real world. In my opinion it was a really beneficial activity as it taught me the importance of responsibility within team work. Overall it has been an exciting experience and I hope all of the students will have the chance to do something similar in the future as they will definitely enjoy themselves."
Lauren Joy and Georgie Taker clearly has a great time saying "We've had an amazing week! We have learnt so much about movement in science and how it affects our everyday lives. The week has been most rewarding and inspiring. We hope all those who visited thoroughly enjoyed the experience as much as we did."