The best antacid remedy, the most efficient way to wash your hands and the optimum way to trap bugs were just three of the investigations our Year 13 students conducted. The experiments will form a major part of their A2 coursework, which is aimed at real life research and independent study.
Teacher Mrs Annable said: ‘The students have to do something that is ingenious and has impact on the biological community as a whole. It has to have meaning. We have got a huge variety of things ranging from which is the best antacid to treat heartburn to examining how ripe your fruit should be if you are a diabetic. We are also doing environmental experiments on our site from investigating the invertebrates in our pond and what affects their growth, right through to how does soil compaction affect worms?’
‘One experiment is particularly unusual because the whole set up is mimicking stomach conditions and analysing gas that has been produced. Another student is seeing how the style of the pitfall traps affect the number of bugs that fall into them. We have got three students looking at hand washing. They videoed a number of students washing their hands, analysed the techniques and compared that with the NHS technique to see if there is a significant difference.’