In 2007 RushcliffeSchool was awarded the status of specialist science school.
As a specialist science school, we are dedicated to promoting science and related subjects in a variety of different ways, including:
- Whole school activities
- Extra-curricular opportunities
- University and industrial links
- Working with local partners
Since its launch in 2010, STEM club has proved massively popular – with over 120 key stage 3 students involved in projects which develop their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
STEM club runs after school every Wednesday and Thursday, however with students responsible for their own STEM club projects, they are also able to work on them at lunchtime and out of school.
Competition Winner – Amy Hughes
Do you know what a clinical perfussionist is? No, well neither did we. That is not until we had visited the Trent Cardiac centre and been given a tour of the operating theatre by the very people involved in carrying out heart surgery. The visit was arranged by the Future Morph science careers website after year 10 student, Amy Hughes, won a national competition organized by the Science Council. The competition was called ‘Beyond Medicine’ and required students to write an interview for somebody working with the health service.
‘Amy did really well to win – there were hundreds of entries from all around the country’ said the Science Council’s Holly Margerison. During the visit, Amy was filmed interviewing two of the cardiac surgery team and this will be uploaded onto the Future Morph website later in the year. Well done Amy!
STEM careers day
2010 saw the first STEM careers day at Rushcliffe school. The title of the day was ‘Where could STEM take you?’ and gave year 8 students an insight into the diversity of different jobs that require STEM skills. The day focused on careers linked to a simple manufacturing process – making bath bombs.
Science (Product development) – What is the best recipe for making the fizziest bath bomb?
Technology (Packaging designer) – Design and production of prototype packaging for the bath bombs.
Mathematics (Logistical engineer) – Using combinatorial mathematics to Investigate the practicalities of storing and transporting different sized objects
Information technology (Marketing) – Using Audacity software to create and edit radio adverts to market the bath bombs
‘Best day we’ve had’
‘It’s been brilliant’
Jeans for genes day – Friday 7th October, 2011
Jeans for genes is a national charity created to raise money to support children born with inherited diseases.
The aim of the charity is not just to raise money, but also to raise awareness. Consequently, students in Science, Art, Mathematics and English experienced lessons focusing on inherited illnesses and the work of the Jeans for genes charity. This ranged from denim designs in Art to balloon modeling in science.
The citizenship club put in a tremendous effort, organizing a cake sale and several other fund raising events, helping take the total amount of money raised on the day to £1261.67. A big thank you to everyone for their support and generosity.
- Bioscience seminars withNottinghamTrentUniversity
- The Big Bang fair
- National science and engineering week activities
- Royal society science and engineering project
- TheUniversityofNottinghamresearch presentations
- Science photography competition
- Interview with a scientist