Biology News A Level

Boston, USA July 2012

In July 2012, 26 of our 6th Form Science students visited Massachusetts and New York, USA for a week of Science based enrichment.

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Behind the Scenes at the New England Aquarium

We were able to go behind the scenes at the New England Aquarium seeing how it functions and they care for all of the different species of animal from all around the world.

Fluke (tail) slaps from a playful humpback whale calf a BABY!

an afternoon out on the water windy!

Other activities included visiting Salem for an evening witch tour, Harvard University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Cape Cod National Seashore, National Saltponds Visitor Centre and many mini-golf courses around the Cape!

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Harvard University

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Salt ponds Visitor Centre Cape Cod National Seashore Fun off the Cape Fun off the Cape Fun off the Cape Cape Cod Diners Blundell’s Lifeguards
Cape Cod

We finished off in NYC visiting everything from The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Centre and Top of the Rock, Macy’s, Times Square, Discovery Centre, Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Natural History, Central Park and The Bronx Zoo!

New York City - the Flatiron Building New York City - Time Square at night New York City - Empire State Building in the distance New York City - the Statue of Liberty New York City - touring the harbour, past the Statue of Liberty New York City - a stretched Hummer! New York City New York City - Randall Thane
New York City

This summer 12 of our 6th Form Scientists will be visiting Maine, USA to meet with a group of students from an American High School with the aim of hiking into the mountains and then visiting an offshore island in order to conduct our own research projects into the science topic of our (the students) choice. We will finish off in Boston visiting Harvard University, taking a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium and also going whale watching!

 

Y13 Trip to Paignton Zoo October 2012

Upper Sixth Biologists spent the day at Paignton Zoo in order to further their studies into Evolution and Speciation.  Students spent the first hour acquainting themselves with the zoo and animals before their interactive lecture looking at various specimens and how these had evolved. Students were able to handle such artefacts as rhino horns and elephant tusks, as well as feel the fur of the lion hide and see the size of a fully grown adult giraffe neck and vertebrae. We were also able to see how the zoo uses a vertical greenhouse for growing some of its animal feed, rotating the trays regularly to ensure equal exposure to the elements. We then had time to visit some of the other enclosures, the four lion cubs drew a large crowd, as did the incredible orang-u-tans. A rare opportunity to study these animals and the artefacts that the zoo has, this was a productive day out for all.

U6th at Paignton Zoo Evolution Day

Year 13 at Paignton Zoo, Oct 2012Year 13 at Paignton Zoo, Oct 2012

Year 13 at Paignton Zoo, Oct 2012Year 13 at Paignton Zoo, Oct 2012

Year 13 at Paignton Zoo, Oct 2012Year 13 at Paignton Zoo, Oct 2012

Sam Davenport, Will Costa and Bea Miles in Y7 and again in Y13 – 7 years of Blundell’s Biology!

Sam Davenport, Will Costa and Bea Miles in Y7 and again in Y13 – 7 years of Blundell’s Biology!Sam Davenport, Will Costa and Bea Miles in Y7 and again in Y13 – 7 years of Blundell’s Biology!

U6th Biology Olympiad January 2013

U6th Biologists took part in the British Biology Olympiad this year. This is a tough paper aimed to stretch and challenge 6th form students beyond the examined curriculum.

Will Costa achieved a Bronze award, Alec Reade was highly commended, and Sam Kingston only narrowly missed out on a commendation. Well done to all who participated.

http://www.biology-olympiad.org.uk/home/

 

Y11 & 12 Trip to National Marine Aquarium 4th March 2013

Year 11 and 12 visited the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth this term to complete a fish dissection and learn more about gas exchange and efficiency of gill structures. They had a nice morning to themselves around the aquarium before joining the aquarium’s marine biologist for a lab session.

Students dissecting at the aquarium

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Y11 Trip to the Marine Biology Laboratory, Plymouth 7th March 2013

Seven students from the current Y11 visited the Marine Biology Laboratory in Plymouth for the day on March 7th. These students are all enthusiastic Biologists with a particular interest in the Marine Science and Aquaculture fields. Student reports to follow.