On Friday 10 March, I took six Sixth Form pupils to Kent to attend the eighth annual Tonbridge Science Conference.
The title of this year's conference was ‘From Experiment to Discovery’ and it highlighted the benefits to scientific progress of collaboration and flexibility between STEM disciplines.
This message of collaboration and flexibility was underlined by the three keynote speakers: Professor Lev Sarkisov discussed how Chemical Engineering will gain from advances in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, exemplified by the field of Carbon Capture; Sophie Harker described how an interest in Mathematics led her, via a degree in Engineering, to become the Assistant Chief Engineer of Electric Products at BAE Systems; and Sir Jim Smith of the Wellcome Trust then described how his study of the embryological development of frog tissues is offering a potential solution to people who have suffered cardiac tissue damage after a heart attack.
Alongside talks from industry leaders, delegates from twelve schools also took the opportunity to give presentations on a range of contemporary issues.
The College was represented by Ben A. and Brian C. who detailed how FcRn inhibitors might be used to treat a condition that causes muscle weakness, myasthenia gravis; Dominic D. V. described the successes and dramatic failures he has experienced as a model rocket scientist; Maks F. and Eren A. updated us on their Earth Prize project, where they are developing genetically-engineered bacteria which can produce biodegradable plastic; and Bob G. entertained attendees with a compelling argument for rejecting traditional ideas on faunal turnovers in the Palaeozoic.
The presentations were well received and the students enjoyed having the opportunity to share their projects to a group of their peers.
5th December 2023
The Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide has named Winchester College its Southeast Independent Secondary School of the Year 2024.
21st November 2023
Conservationist and presenter Megan McCubbin delivers the annual Cameron Bespolka Memorial Wildlife Talk and Lecture to over 900 local pupils
14th November 2023
The College held the finals of its public speaking competition, Recita, on Friday 10 November to a packed audience.
10th October 2023
Recently, a College team travelled to Lympstone to compete in the 2023 Sir Steuart Pringle trophy.
26th September 2023
On 21 September, a group of College pupils attended the Engineering Your Future Conference at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.
20th June 2023
On Wednesday 14 June, a group of Year 12 geographers from the College traveled to Herefordshire and the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park to undertake residential fieldwork.