Our Fifth Year students recently attended a fascinating science conference at Tonbridge School.

The group were inspired by presentations from Sixth Form pupils from other schools across the south east of England, and as far afield as Munich and Japan, on the independent research that they had undertaken.

The day consisted of short presentations on topics ranging from the long term effects of anaesthetics on fruit fly, to computer modelling of the interactions of groups of argon atoms.  Students particularly enjoyed the poster sessions, where they could speak to the  student researchers from other schools.

Two keynote lectures from UCL academics rounded off the day. Our students left enthused about the possibilities for independent research and are now thinking about what projects they might undertake to present next year.

Fifth Year student, Krish Oza, said:We were very impressed by the students presenting, who had undertaken research into advanced topics at such a young age. It was fascinating to listen to the students talk with such passion about their topics, and I was personally captivated by the talks on relativity and the mathematical modelling of natural patterns.

What we found particularly impressive was the application of the ideas to real-world situations. For example, it was suggested that the modelling of natural patterns could equally be used to determine behavioural patterns for forensic purposes. We thoroughly enjoyed listening such a varied range of scientific research and are looking forward to attending next year’s conference.”

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