Science Gallery Transition Year Course - Zara Khan’s Blog continues

Science Gallery Transition Year Course - Zara Khan’s Blog continues

Week 5
After a long wait, we had the chance to see how our Aliivibrio Fischeri had got on and examine how they had cultured. Unfortunately, we were met with disappointment when we did not observe any bioluminescence. We discovered that this was due to the fact that the concentrations of the bacterial colonies were not strong enough to cause a glowing appearance. Through the course of the previous week, salt water had been added to the Agar Plate and this helped the bacteria to culture more rapidly and abundantly.  Hence, we decided to re-culture our sample in an agar and saltwater solution and leave it to harbour for a longer period of time in order to see if we could find any success with the bioluminescence!

Leading on from last week’s homework about not requiring immense machinery in science, we had a guest speaker called Shaun who is a working scientist at Trinity. He showed us various YouTube clips such as a video from Professor Brian Cox, demonstrating a scientific experiment to measure how much energy from the sun falls on the Earth's surface using a few simple household items (HYPERLINK "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c17t_Pf8vI4"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c17t_Pf8vI4), and a more humorous, but quite startling, documentary about the existence of spider goats- goats who produce spider silk (HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0zT9CN3-50" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0zT9CN3-50). We used the second half of the session to develop our projects, using brainstorms to begin discussions about various aspects which were very helpful!

Our homework this week included thinking about ways in which to present our project.  For example, would it be a story, an advertising campaign or a video? Each group also received individual links for different articles to help them with their objectives.
 

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Secondhand Book and Uniform Sale - Saturday June 22nd 10am-12pm

Secondhand Book and Uniform Sale - Saturday June 22nd 10am-12pm

TERESA BALL HOUSE  (Entrance at back of school, Leeson Lane)

BOOKS
Must be in good condition and on the current curriculum. (Please check Loreto booklists).
Write your name and mobile number, your daughter’s name and class on a post-it and place it on the inside cover of each book. The proceeds will be given to the girls in September.

UNIFORMS
Clean uniforms in good condition will also be accepted.
Proceeds from sale of uniforms will be donated to the school for a chosen charity.

Books and/or uniforms may be left in the special bins provided in the school at the end of the school year or after state examinations.