Science Symposium goes Virtual

30th November 2020

On 29 November, Head of Science, Dr McCaw, hosted our annual science symposium with Cheltenham Ladies’ College, an event held each year since 2012.

This year the event had to be conducted remotely. Despite this there was record participation, with 29 Wykehamists from Year 12 presenting a scientific topic that they had researched with a partner from Cheltenham. The Wykehamists were presenting in front of a socially-distanced audience of their peers and a don in Science School while simultaneously streaming over Teams to the audience at Cheltenham, enabling them to connect across both schools.

Matt Gill, Head of Science and Chemistry at Cheltenham, said "The symposium with Winchester is a highlight of the department calendar and gives our girls the valuable opportunity to research a scientific topic with boys from Winchester College that they present together. This year's event was a good experience for all - I've had positive feedback from the girls - despite the remote format."

Dr McCaw added,  “I was impressed at the effort that the boys and girls put into their presentations and their enthusiasm on the day, particularly in overcoming the challenges of not being able to present together in person.” The standard of the presentations was very high, on topics ranging from robotics in medicine, to asymmetric synthesis, to gravitational waves. 

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