Pupils from St John Bosco Arts College visited the historic University of Cambridge to experience a day of Science and Maths activities. Ten year 9 pupils attended the famous university for Science sessions aimed to promote STEM courses and careers for girls. The workshops offered the girls the opportunity to explore and discover Science and Mathematics in more detail and face topics not normally met in the secondary curriculum.
As well as a tour around the university, the day involved a mixture of practical and group activities and a talk from a professor of astronomy.
The students are part of the school’s gifted and talented programme, a scheme aimed at students who the show potential to develop significantly beyond what is expected at their age. The visit involved carrying out different experiments at the university’s Cavendish Laboratory; a Science lab which has played an integral role in the discovery of new breakthroughs over the years. Headteacher, Anne Pontifex says: “This visit to Cambridge University offers students a fabulous opportunity to study topics in a fun and exciting way, which promote higher level thinking and questioning skills. Hopefully all the girls have left Cambridge with further insight in to the prospects and opportunities open to them through STEM, and it has inspired them to consider Maths and Science for further education.”
The school, based in Croxteth was recently shortlisted for a national award for its Mathematics team. The TES schools awards take place on Friday June 19, and the college joins eight other schools nominated in the ‘Mathematics team’ category.