A Celebration of Science

Science Week at Wycombe Abbey

Whether a girl is an aspiring aerospace engineer, biologist or anthropologist, there are many activities and resources available to help her pursue her passions beyond the core curriculum. Our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) provision is carefully designed to instill a love of science in girls with the annual British Science Week as one opportunity to fully embrace it.

During Science Week, UIII-LIV girls were tasked with designing lab coats around the theme of food and food waste as part of the Baylab Lab Coat Competition. Creative sparks flew as pupils produced high-quality designs featuring their favourite foods, anti-food waste slogans, kitchen utensils and a range of amusing food-based puns. A selection of their designs will be submitted to Bayer, with the winning pupil set to win a grow-your-own vegetable pack for themselves and a set of new lab coats for their school.

A highlight of the week, however, was the hatching of five ducklings. Girls from across the School delighted in watching the first cracks appear and in visiting their new charges, whilst gaining valuable hands-on knowledge of the life cycle. After many fond farewells, the ducklings were taken into the care of Mrs Werren, with whom they will spend the next stage of their young lives.

In between cuddle sessions with the ducklings, girls in LIV and UIV tried their hand at gardening. Each pupil was tasked with determining the optimal growth conditions for their own plant, whose growth was observed and measured throughout the week. The girls welcomed the chance to use knowledge from their Biology lessons in a hands-on challenge and each new green shoot was joyously welcomed into the world.

The week was a fantastic opportunity for all to celebrate science, and to continue to develop their sense of scientific curiosity. Although it has now come to a close, the memories of the experiences we shared (particularly of our new duckling friends) will stay in our hearts forever.

Sue Buxton
Director of Science and STEM

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