Students in years 6 and 7 across the Griffin Schools Trust are looking forward to taking part in the 6th Griffin Science Symposium.
This Proud Tradition will link to British Science Week and was launched today by our inspiring keynote guest speaker, Dr Anne Edwards. Dr Edwards works in Professor Cathie Martin’s lab at the John Innes Centre, Norwich. Her specialism is the grass pea, one of the oldest crops and she gave a fascinating and informative talk on her research and developments in this specialist field of science.
We also welcomed a panel of scientists to join us – Dr Angaraj Duara (NASA researcher in Schools based at Nicholas Chamberlaine School), Mr Allen Tsui, (STEM and Robotics Lead based at Willow Brook School) and Zhouqion Jiang (a PhD student studying plant genetics at the John Innes Centre).
A group of year 7 students posed an impressive range of questions to ask the scientists. This question and answer session was thought provoking and raised scientific curiosity with the students and adults alike.
There were many highlights of the day, including being given the opportunity to include the Griffin Schools Trust name on a special chip, as part of the next Mars launch (2026), meeting Marty the Robot and learning so much from the scientists themselves in this limitless world of scientific possibilities.
Over the next few weeks, schools are planning a wealth of scientific activities for their students to be actively involved in. Trust-wide events will include live sessions from the Open University with the theme of Lunar Research and the launch of the GST competition, offering an open and creative opportunity within our theme of Change Makers: Altogether Fairer.
Throughout the next few weeks, we will be creating a commemorative booklet to capture the richness and diversity and indeed the unique spirit of our Griffin Science Symposium.