Mar 21

An inspiring debate about Nanotechnology

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On Tuesday 20th March, SMRT hosted a high profile 'public engagement in science' event to debate the development and uses of nanotechnology.

As part of the EC-funded Nanochannels project, Dr Hill's Year 10 and 11 students were joined by Dr Terry McMaster, Dr Annela Seddon, Sam Olof and Tom Carvell from the Bristol Centre of Functional Nanomaterials.  Together they formed an expert panel to lead a debate on the use of 'nanosensors in medical diagnosis'.  Over 100 people attended, including parents, press, representatives from technology companies, educational organisations and students from years 10-13.

The event was a huge success with impressive presentations and insightful discussions by students from SMRT and the expert scientists. We look forwards to reading the articles about this event in local and national media.  Here's are some photos of the event, more links and details will follow:

Mar 20

Nanochannels debate at SMRT

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Tonight Year 11 and Year 10 students from Dr Hill's chemistry groups will be joining scientists from Bristol University to debate:

"That nanosensors should be used in medical diagnosis"

This is the finale of the European Commission funded Nanochannels project which Dr Hill has been running at SMRT.  This project has been an exciting collaboration between students at SMRT and lecturers and PhD students from Bristol's Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN).

The event will take place in the main school hall on Tuesday 20th March, from 5:30-7PM.  There will be a presentation on Nanotechnology and Nanosensors from Dr Annela Seddon from Bristol University.  She will be joined on the expert panel by Dr Terry McMaster (Director of the BCFN), PhD students Sam Olof and Tom Carvell and a number of Year 10 and Year 11 students.

The event has already received international coverage from Bristol University and a number of other leading nanotechnology institutions and blogs.


Dec 16

SMRT Science goes Nano in Europe


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We are pleased to announce that Dr Hill from our Science and ICT department has been awarded a position on the European Union funded Nanochannels project.  Working with 20 other teachers in 8 European countries, Dr Hill and his students will explore the science of nanotechnology and the ethical, social and legal questions this technology poses.

As well as working with the Nanochannels team in Brussels and teachers across Europe, our students will be working with academic researchers from Bristol University's 'Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials'.

As part of this project our students will be writing articles on nanotechnology; the best of which may be published on The Guardian newspaper's nanotechnology web site. A select few students will attend a high profile round table event on nanotechnology organised by The Guardian. Students will attend lectures and a tour of the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials.  They will engage with academics and other students through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  The project will climax with a Live Debate on 20th March in which students and academics will debate the benefits and risks of nanosensors for medical diagnosis.

We will be sharing more about this project in the future, but first suggest you let Stephen Fry explain what nanotechnology is all about.  
Nov 25

GCSE Science Live

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On Monday 20th November 2011 our Year 10 and Year 11 Triple Scientists attended the GCSE Science Live event at the Colston Hall in Bristol.  It was an interesting and stimulating day for our budding scientists, with lectures from five top research scientists.  The highlights for me were....
- An insight into the importance of genetic by Professor Steve Jones
- Theories about time travel by Professor Jim Al-Khalili
- Exploring the complexities of chemical reactions by Professor Andrea Sella

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