10th to 14th October.
What happened and were you there?
Great Biology Bake Off
On Monday 11 cakes were entered in this year’s competition – ranging from whole animals (a pig, an octopus), organs (eyes,
hearts, fingers and brains), cells and even a bubbling conical flask. The judges had a tough job to pick between them…even after tasting!!
1st place: The Eye – Faye and Isabelle from 7-7
2nd place: Brian The Brain – Areesha Qureshi from 7-7
3rd place: Dissect the Cupcake – Sarah Jilani, Zara Hussain and Aaliyah Mahmood from 8-7
Thank you to everyone who entered – they were all fantastic!
Faye and Isabelle will receive their prize after half term.
On Tuesday the Sixth Form Science Society ran a tricky biology quiz for some of our younger pupils, testing them on everything from why fish float to how much DNA we share with bananas!
After school on Tuesday 37 girls stayed behind to participate in three workshops run by Manchester University’s Fly Lab. They learnt how different mutations in fruit flies contributed to our understanding of genetic inheritance, how the age of a fruit fly affects its ability to climb and how mutant flies can be temporarily paralysed by temperature and shaking, providing useful models for epilepsy studies.
You Are What You Eat
On Wednesday Professor Roberts gave a fascinating lunchtime lecture on gut bacteria and the human diet. He explained how the variety of gut flora changes very quickly if our diet changes and how certain bacteria may even contribute to obesity.
Skype a Zoologist
On Thursday we linked up with London Zoo for a lunchtime Q&A session with Dr Monika Bohm. She discussed her own research and the conservation work of the zoo, trying to preserve endangered species from around the world.
After school on Thursday we ran the ever-popular dissection masterclass. Students learnt dissection skills and were able to see the internal organs of a rat and how intricately they fit together.
STEM Treasure Hunt
On Friday 14 teams of intrepid treasure hunters ran around school trying to spot the hidden goat pictures. Each picture had an amazing animal fact on it and the girls had to match this to the animal on their quiz sheet. Congratulations to Amalie, Rabiah, Amira and Alekhya from 7-3, Libby from 7-5 and Nrishi and Aveesha from 7-7 who spotted the most goats around school!
The theme of our photography competition this year was Nature Up Close and the standard was really high. After a lot of debate the winning entry was awarded to Gabrielle H from 10-5.
Close runners-up included Mariam S from 10-5, Tabitha H from 10-2 and Sudiksha D from 12-5.
Look out for prints of all the pictures appearing in biology labs over the next few weeks!