Tuesday 19th November saw Horizon CC represented by the STEM Club at The Royal Society in London at a specially arranged student conference.
Founded in 1660 the Royal Society has been a place where scientists across the world have met to educate, meet and challenge each other. Our students got to experience that for themselves as well as tread in the footsteps of Fellows of the Society From Sir Issac Newton to Charles Darwin and Brian Cox.
The aim of the day was to experience a scientific conference. 30 other schools from all over the UK took part each presenting a different scientific piece of research. How much radiation is there in food, contact lenses contributing to plastic waste and diseases in bees were some of the many theories being presented. The Horizon STEM club have been developing a wind turbine that can be built from waste to give enough energy to charge a mobile phone. The inspiration came from wanting to give refugees in war zones, particularly children a way of building their own and therefore being able to communicate and perhaps keep in touch with family members.
The students involved (Cohen, Reuben, Iris and Ellie) were selected to represent Horizon and the STEM club at the conference and had to present their idea and its evolution to Fellows of The Royal Society as well as invited visitors and the other students, many of whom were from sixth form colleges. Feedback on the maturity and knowledge of our Y8 students was amazing. They presented themselves very well in a an environment that many adults would find intimidating. These students truly exemplified all of Horizons Core Values.