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Year 7’s mission was to build a lander!  A lander is a spacecraft which descends toward and comes to rest on the surface of an astronomical body.

As a group the students decided what they will put on their lander, deciding if it is vital. The maximum mass of the lander can be is 40kg and so they will needed to choose carefully what to use. They then spent time designing and making their from cardboard, tin foil, paper, sellotape and straws. They then attached a parachute.

Then off to the balcony…. students then attached an egg to their lander and dropped It to see if it could land safely without breaking the egg…..

The year 8 forensic science team used the ink samples that they collected yesterday at the crime scene and ran a chromatogram from them.  Chromatography can be used to separate mixtures of coloured compounds.  Mixtures that are suitable for separation by chromatography include inks, dyes and colouring agents in food.  They had a sample of  ink from pens found on the arrested suspects and it is up to the crime scene investigators to determine which is the right pen! 

They also studied the handprint that was found at the scene, students looked at the different types of fingerprints and compared the suspects print to the print found at the scene. There was mixed results, however that’s how it is in the life of a forensic investigator. The only way is to find more evidence……

Year 10 pupils were challenged to make a washing powder, they had to spend £40 on the ingredients, choosing what was most important to remove a stain and wash a piece of cloth.  Many students thought that scent and softness would be the best, but soon realised that this wasn’t the case! 

They tested their washing powder on the stain and pegged it up in the ‘Wishy Washy’ laundry room to dry, during the drying time they worked on marketing their product and designed a box for their powder.