Year 13 students visit CERN

Year 13 students visited the CERN in early December 2018 – and were left ‘wondering the immeasurable’.

The CERN and the chair

I have been running in the dark and the chair almost just appears in front of me. I am captured by its size and struck by the loudness of its message. I walk around it; it has a broken leg. I observe it, the chair is tall but broken, strong but broken, proud but broken.

Across it, sits the remarkable building of the Palais des Nations; it is impossible not to feel a shiver when admiring the togetherness of the flags; 193 tall, strong and proud spikes crowned with colourful fabrics.  The neoclassical palace was built for the peaceful collaboration between nations and yet, the chair is the symbol of the dichotomy of the meaning of collaboration.

No ambiguities the day before when I had the joy of accompanying Year 13 students on their annual trip to the CERN. Built in 1954 to prevent the exodus of European scientists to America, it bears an acronym which has now become obsolete, the nucleus of the atom has been conquered for a while; now in the CERN, they make dark matter!

The students mingle to perfection with scientists and visitors. They explore, they listen they ask and they wonder.

The CERN is the largest laboratory in the world but above all, it is there where the words peaceful collaboration acquires its true meaning. The data from the experiments carried out at 100 m underground in the border between France and Switzerland is sent to over 600 universities and institutes around the world; this is the birth place of the www forged, precisely for the purpose of sharing and working together.

The by-products of research carried out by thousands of scientists results in formidable technological advances.  From medical technologies that saves lives (PET scam), to new ways of communication, meteorological progress, aerospace applications to name some.

I watch the forever young year 13s as they look at the symbols written on the ‘wondering the immeasurable’ ribbons. They cheer every time they spot a formula they recognize from their physics lessons and then I am sure; one day with the advances from the Cern, all the year 13’s of the Kingsburies of the world working together will fix the chair.

Text and photos by Maria Gonzales – Physics Teacher

Engineers who ‘Walk-the-Talk!’

On Monday 21st January 2019, Chemical engineer, Nkechi Anasoh and Chartered Civil Engineer, Navdeep Dhillon spoke about engineering, STEM subjects and the exciting prospects ahead for students!

To build interest within Engineering and create industry links, Mr Ejaz invited two Engineers from industry to give a 1-hour lecture on their personal experience, from studying one of the Design & Technology subjects towards their current vocation, as esteemed professionals.

The dual objectives of the lecture were to provide an invaluable insight into the world of work, and to support students in thinking about the skills and strengths they are developing across their KS4 choices and how they connect to a career in Engineering. The session focused most explicitly on the transferable skills students can develop from both the subjects they are studying at Key Stage 4, and their option choices. Both Engineers provided invaluable insight and explained in depth how their own skills and experiences are connected to what they have done at school.

Nkechi Emmanuella Anasoh is a Chemical Engineer who has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering. She has been working within industry for the past 5 years and is currently working with Shell. Navdeep Dhillon is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has a Bsc in Civil Engineering. She has been working within industry for the past 28 years working for KD, Amey, Bam, Abbey Pynford Foundation Solutions and is currently a Senior Engineer within Morgan Sindall. She has worked on many prestigious project including: M&S Fenchurch Street, Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum Darwin Centre Beckton and The Leadenhall Building to name a few.

Mr Ejaz would like to thank Nkechi, Navdeep, Erik and all the students in Year 10 that participated within the lecture, they truly represented the ethos of Kingsbury High School.

First Give Charity Final

On Thursday we held the final of the First Give Charity Project. This is a programme that year 8’s have been working very hard on during their last two Excel Days. The final was held in K Hall and judged by four people, two of which were external.

The students had to do a 5-minute presentation in their group by explaining what their chosen charity did and why they should be selected for the £1000 prize. We had 9 groups in the final and the winning group came from 8U consisting of Masood Yadgary, Sammy Amzel, Roxana Andriescu, Suhayla Hamel and Fawziya Haji.

Please congratulate all participants and thank you to all those who attended and have supported the project. Special thanks to Catrin Williams and Gopi Vekaria for their contribution during this project.

Four of our photography students, LyesZafoune, Binisha Varsani, Mukim Mahfuzh and Adam Azzoug supported the event and took photos in order to gain some internal work experience.

Conductive Music Workshop

On Friday 11th January and Monday 14th January workshop leaders from Conductive Music visited the school to run a workshop with 20 Year 7 and 8 students. Students learnt about the science behind how ‘makey makeys‘ work to turn every day objects into touchpads. Students designed and built instruments to encase the ‘makey makeys’ which were then connected to computers and students could were able to type and play music on their instruments. Students creatively built their ‘makey makey’ instruments out of cardboard and tin foil, designs included a flower, game controllers and a cricket bat. Their decorations really made their designs come to life. Students spent the second day learning how to use Sound Trap Music software and combining this with their ‘makey makey’ instruments. The two days culminated with each student performing on their ‘makey makey’ instruments to the group.