Royal Institution Rocket Science and Super Cells

Following our fabulous Science Club trip to London to watch the recording of the televised Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, we secured an equally exciting opportunity right here at Ripley. 

On Monday 25 March, The Royal Institution came to deliver an exciting live science show in an unprecedented event right here in the Phythian Hall at Ripley St Thomas.

During the day, Royal Institution Presenter Usmaa Choudry presented to Year 7 and 8 pupils in 2 sessions, an exciting interactive live science show on the theme of ‘Super Cells’- all about health and medicine.

The pupils loved the hands-on demonstrative displays and methods of explaining fairly complex theories of DNA and how bacteria and viruses spread, showing pupils the science rather than talking. We had no shortage of volunteers to help with the experiments!

The day didn’t end at 3.10 – it was then time for a staff CPD session with Usmaa on health and safety and making practical lessons exciting. The crowning glory featured an evening session open to the community on Rocket Science! It was explosive! Usmaa demonstrated and explained the core information on ways of expulsion, ignition, and forces.

One parent commented:

“What a great evening with @RI_Science @ripleystthomas rocket science. Hope the ceiling tiles survived!”

We hope to keep our contact with the Royal Institution and see them again soon. Thank you so much to Usmaa and The Royal Institution for making our day so enjoyable.