GALLERY: Tennyson's great, great grandson visits Wilmington Grammar School Science Week
PUBLISHED: 14:49 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:49 22 March 2016
Students engaged in a variety of scientific activities
A Dartford school staged its own Science Week last week to coincide with a national campaign.
Students at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls were involved in a number of scientific activities across the week, which included a visit from Professor Jonathan Tennyson - great, great grandson of 19th century poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.
The event launched with a CSI-style investigation where year 7 and 8 students performed a series of forensic tests to help solve a crime, before Professor Tennyson posed the question: ‘is there any other life in the universe?’
A promising young physicist then held a special assembly for the lower school to tell them about her exciting project which is due to be launched on the International Space Station later this month.
This was followed by an interactive session on animal habitats and adaptation, with the hissing cockroach and giant African land snail proving the most intriguing creatures.
A report posted by the BBC stated a critical shortage of women in science jobs, however the week at WGSG proved that there was no shortage of enthusiasm for the subject.
Maja Sabic, head of science at the school, said: “It was a really good week for everyone to be involved in.
“Chemistry and biology have always been popular but physics is a subject people are reluctant to go into.
“You want to instil that curiosity and passion for things we don’t know yet rather than just the stuff we do know.”