The Science and Technology Festival opened with a day and evening of varied talks and activities with something for everyone.
The Hampshire Air Ambulance safely landed on the field and many pupils took the chance of having a look at the craft and talking to Professor Deakin and his colleagues. Meanwhile, in the driveway alongside the science labs, the Fourth Year Design students were testing their rocket-powered cars which they had designed with the help of a wind tunnel from Southampton University. The Third Year and Lower Sixth heard a fascinating, if sometimes harrowing, talk from Hilary Moulsdale who worked in a field laboratory in Sierra Leone during the recent Ebola outbreak whilst the First Year classes were treated to some science busking from a group of talented Sixth Formers, ably led by Mr Miller.
Lunchtime saw a fancy dress competition on the School Field and a keenly contested iPad quiz for Third and Fourth Year pupils in the Dobson Theatre. In the afternoon, the School hall was blacked out and filled with smoke for a talk on photonics from Southampton University with an extremely impressive laser show and the day was rounded off with two evening lectures, the first on Science and Religion from Professor Keith Fox, followed by ‘Mapping the Universe’ from Professor Will Percival. These talks prompted very interesting questions from the audience of pupils and parents and certainly focused our thoughts on the theme of the festival, ‘Our place in the Universe’.