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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in January 2023 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Celebrating British Science Week

It’s British Science Week and at CHSG we are demonstrating our creativity, experimentation and innovation, as students across different year groups are engaging in a variety of hands-on projects to celebrate the wonders of science. From building bridges to concocting invisible inks, our students showcased their scientific prowess and problem-solving skills in unique ways.

Year 10 took on the challenge of designing and constructing bridges using limited materials. Using just 50 paper straws, 2 elastic bands, a plastic bag, and a metre of sellotape, they set out to build structures capable of spanning a distance of 50cm while supporting a weight of 1kg. The ingenuity and teamwork displayed by Year 10 was truly commendable as they experimented with different designs and materials to achieve success.

Meanwhile, Year 9 found themselves on a desert island scenario, where they had to devise invisible inks using natural substances such as fruit juices. This tested their scientific knowledge and creativity, as they explored various fruits and their properties to create secret messages that could only be revealed through chemical reactions.

In another intriguing experiment, the Year 7 students delved into the physics of carbonation by investigating whether the number of holes in a bottle top affected the reaction between Mentos and Coke. Through observation and data collection, they explored the interplay between surface area, gas release, and the explosive results of this classic experiment.

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Additionally, some Year 7 students, along with members of the Science Club, ventured into the realm of biomedical engineering by crafting prosthetic fingers using alginate and plaster of Paris. This hands-on activity not only introduced students to the principles of anatomy and materials science but also sparked their curiosity about the intersection of biology and technology.

These engaging projects are part of our school's vibrant celebration of British Science Week, highlighting the importance of hands-on learning and the boundless opportunities for discovery within the field of science. As we reflect on the creativity and enthusiasm exhibited by our students, we are reminded of the endless possibilities that await those who embrace the spirit of scientific enquiry.