Our first day of joint electives with Radley College saw a host of fascinating one-day courses shared between both school sites plus a highly exciting engineering trip to the Morgan factory. A glimpse into the day’s offerings include Art History (Shock value – Art & Scandal), Geography ( Contentious Issues in Global Energy Policy), Culture, History & Literature (The birth and death of modernity, Machiavelli, Russian Politics) and Science ( Applied microbiology, Aromatic chemistry, DNA testing). A peek into one science lab saw microbes on the menu, and plenty of discussions on food preservation techniques (use of acids/sugar to prevent microbe growth by denaturing enzymes and lowering water potentials). The students then put the theory into practice and used the microbial fungus yeast to make chelsea buns and bread rolls, plus spicy apple and pear chutney with plenty of vinegar AND sugar in it. Over in the IT suite, students were testing their programming skills including how to modify their ideas and adapt their code through programming the classic game Brickout. They enjoyed it so much that they elected to continue working through afternoon break!

” This was an excellent day! I enjoyed it! ” ” Girls were welcoming and friendly and it was a very rewarding experience , learning about scientific context in baking”

Well done all for such amazing and professional standard results!

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