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Inspiring Young People in STEM​​​​​​​: Celebrating British Science Week

By Harroop Bhandal, Year 12

British Science Week is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that takes place across the United Kingdom. It aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the wonders of science and explore its impact on our daily lives. At Ribston, the week presented an opportunity to showcase the school's dedication to promoting STEM subjects, particularly among young women.

Empowering Through Education: Sixth former Lab Day

Kicking off the week, sixth form students took centre stage, opening up their laboratories to younger peers. As role models, they provided a glimpse into the world of A-level Chemistry at Ribston Hall, inspiring the next generation of scientists. Amidst bubbling beakers and intricate experiments, the corridors buzzed with curiosity and excitement, fostering an environment of learning and exploration.

Bringing Science to Life: Guest Speakers, MedSoc and Interactive Challenges

Throughout the week, students had the privilege of engaging with distinguished guest speakers and participating in hands-on activities. Dr. Janelle Reyes-Goddard sparked an interest in many students with her insights into medical physics, shedding light on the innovative use of nuclear radiation in medicine. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coverdale challenged Year 8 students to unlock their potential in cybersecurity through an interactive cyber challenge, igniting their passion for digital innovation. In the spirit of intellectual enquiry, students also gathered to explore and discuss ethical dilemmas in medicine and biotechnology. The Medical Society delved into contentious issues such as the ethics of doctor strikes and the implications of gene editing, fostering critical thinking and respectful debate.

Fostering Environmental Stewardship: Eco-Committee Initiatives

Beyond the confines of traditional science, Ribston Hall students demonstrated their commitment to environmental sustainability as part of Science Week. The Eco-Committee - a group of environmentally conscious students from all year groups, spearheaded initiatives to enhance biodiversity on our school site. From crafting bird feeders to conducting the Big Plastic Count, students all got actively involved in improving and preserving our local environment.

Ribston Hall's Commitment to Excellence

Science Week wasn't just about experiments and discussions; it was a celebration of curiosity, innovation, and empowerment, reaffirming Ribston Hall's commitment to nurturing future STEM leaders. As the week came to an end, a beacon of inspiration remains: Ribston Hall, where every student can thrive.

Science Clubs at Ribston are held regularly over lunchtimes:  
Eco-committee is held on Mondays: open to all year groups
MedSoc is on alternate Thursdays: open to Year 10+
Science club is on Tuesday: open to Year 7
Elite Chemistry Club is on Monday A: By Invitation and run by 6th formers.