Seven UCC students worked with Workington Academy on a Physics trip to CERN in Switzerland. It is the world’s largest scientific research facility and some of the pioneering scientists who work there guided around our students. As part of the visit in Geneva the students experienced the United Nations and the International Red Cross. To cap this we visited Europe’s highest mountain Monte Blanc and ventured into an excavated ice-cave inside a moving glacier!
On 3rd July, the Sea Cadets came to school to run a fun Marine Engineering workshop with some lucky year 7’s. They firstly learnt about buoyancy and then had the challenge of designing, testing and building a 10x20cm boat out of a sheet of paper, tin foil and tape. The winning 2 teams created crafts which held 200 marbles, quite an achievement out of those limited resources! Well done to Laura, Jake, Eliza and Maia for winning the challenge by using the science knowledge learned to design robust boats.
Our primary science event has been running over last week and into this week, featuring over 450 students from 31 primary schools in the local area. We also had a team from The Lakes Egg Company with Sainsbury’s, who provided the eggs and strawberries!
They all took part in two activities linked to space exploration. They had great fun designing parachutes to land their astronauts (eggs) safely plus extracting the DNA from alien fruit (strawberries). With some impressive teamwork skills, feedback has been amazing!
As we head into the summer months, Sixth Form teachers are putting together projects for next year's Year 12s to complete over the summer holidays. We will list the projects below.
On 14th May a team of 4 yr 8 students, (Keiran, Alee, Tiegan, Paul) travelled to the Fusehill Street campus of the University of Cumbria to take part in Salters' Festival of Chemistry. The students competed in two mini chemistry competitions judged on their practical chemistry skills and problem solving abilities. The judges praised everyone's careful working technique and placed UCC third in one of the competitions. The teachers underwent staff development learning how to use an Infrared Spectrometer and everyone enjoyed an excellent chemistry magic demonstration at the end of the day. We're all looking forward to next year's event.
The sixth form students were delighted to welcome Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron to their tutor period this week. With a wide ranging and robust debate on a variety of topics from school funding and sixth form transport to Brexit and the Action on Climate Change protests, our students relished the opportunity to discuss current affairs with a member of parliament. They really appreciated the time Mr Farron took to visit them in a busy week for parliament.
Our A level Biology students travelled down to London last week to participate in a revision conference focusing on exam technique and the changes to the new reformed A levels. With an overnight hotel stay as part of the trip, the students were refreshed and ready for a day listening to keynote speeches from senior examiners and experienced teachers.
Mr Jackson, Head of Sixth Form
Last week, students travelled to Energus. Lillyhall, Workington to compete in the 2018/19 First Lego League Cumbria Qualifier. This year's theme was "Into Orbit" with the students competing against other schools to solve space themed tasks with a Lego Mindstorms robot. As well as the robotics game the students had to give a presentation explaining how they would solve a particular space based problem and explain how well they worked as a team.
Although we didn't win any parts of the competition this year the team worked exceptionally hard. They are keen to enter again next year, they are already redesigning their robot and looking for team sponsorship from local firms. Watch this space!
Last term, a group of our Year 9s travelled to the Lakes College to find out more about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and to take part in practical activities. After a tour of the college and discussions with people working in a variety of careers in STEM, they had a go at analysing and bottling their own DNA.Thanks to the Lakes College for having us!
The 15th June saw 13 teams of Year 7 students taking part in a day dedicated to robots.With support from STEM Cumbria they used LEGO NXT Mindstorm kits and learnt how to programme their robots to carry out different tasks, they took part in a variety of challenges,including a robot dance-off.It was a fantastic day with lots of challenge, programming and hilarity.
It was a pleasure to welcome graduate ambassadors from the University of Newcastle to UCC two weeks ago.
They were in school to run CSI workshops for over 60 Year 9 students. The workshops included working in teams to extract DNA,cracking codes and testing samples of soil, to help them find out ‘whodunit?’.A big thank you to the graduate ambassadors for running the day!
If you missed the Spring Edition of Success before the Easter holidays, you can now view it online here. This edition is full of the latest news and success stories from UCC including coverage of the fantastic production of Joseph, the recent french exchange visit, our Branch Out with Books competition, the English Department's Harry Potter Night and much more.
The latest of our UCC success magazine has hit the stands this week with a bumper edition from a busy term. From Prize Day, including a visit by Strictly star Georgia May Foote, through to the Panto, Dick Whittington, and winter play, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, this term's magazine is full of stories and updates from across the school. Copies can be picked up from the school, Booths or the magazine is available to view online here.