On the 3rd May, five Year 5 girls travelled to London to attend the very first GDST Junior Science Conference at The Royal Institution. Girls from other GDST schools joined together to share the magic and excitement of Science.
The day began with a brief introduction to the history of The Royal Institution and the girls learnt about some pioneering women members.
The girls then completed a quiz trail that encouraged them to explore the fabulous building and exhibits. Once the tour was complete, NHSG girls joined other GDST girls to work in a real laboratory to extract their own DNA and used it to make a DNA necklace.
The second workshop was about chromosomes and the girls discovered how your chromosomes affect your appearance and other traits whilst building their own chromosome model. The day concluded with a lecture about fire and ignition which was, quite literally, explosive!
The GDST Junior Science conference is a new addition to the Junior Conference programme which already includes a Maths conference and a Digital Techathon. The GDST is committed to plugging the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects and the Science conference was a step towards igniting creative young minds and inspiring NHSG girls into scientific study.