In June, Year 7 visited the University of Liverpool for a 'Science is Cool' trip. The morning was spent looking around the enormous University campus (111 buildings to be precise), taking in the sights and enjoying the glorious sunshine. The main highlight of the campus tour was a visit to the Sports Centre which included a 33m swimming pool, squash courts, multiple dance studios and a café! Other morning activities included the 'Student Shopping Basket', which involved pupils budgeting for their weekly food shopping (some very interesting prices for the price of bread and milk) and 'Create your own society' where students could design their own student societies in groups and present their ideas to the whole group for a vote.
The presentations were excellent, with all taking part. Ideas included rock climbing society, a sports society, a celebrities society and a Haribo eating competition society, where pupils suggested you could win £20 for seeing how many Haribo sweets you could eat (of course this society would meet every day). Lunchtime was spent sitting outside and in the afternoon the pupils were treated to an exciting Science lecture in a real lecture theatre that involved liquid nitrogen!
Much to the disappointment of some, the lecturer did not destroy his hand in the liquid nitrogen; however pupil volunteers amazed the audience as they smashed rubber tubing and flowers to smithereens, as we explored the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Overall, a brilliant day with some aspirational pupil comments about their future thoughts on University.