If you had a time lapse camera, what would you film?

Recently the Science Department received a time lapse camera thanks to a generous grant from the PFA. We’ve already tested it out on few different things but thought we’d ask you what you would do if you had access to the camera. It’ll do wide angle shots or can be attached to a microscope.

Time lapse cameras allow you to decide how often frames will be captured and what speed they are played back at. For example, you could take a picture of Broadfield at noon everyday for a year and end up with 365 frames. Playing this back at 10 frames per second would condense a year’s worth of pictures into around 40 seconds of footage.

The camera we have does all the hard work for you, all you need to do is select how often a frame is captured and how many frames per second you want to play it back at. That’s it. So now you just need to think about what you’d like to film.

We want to hear your ideas and if any of them sound awesome enough (and feasible too) then we’ll set up the camera and film it. We’ll even give you the first showing of the video (as it was your idea) and maybe throw in a prize too (although I’m not sure what that would be). Simply write your idea in the comments below. The more detail you give us the better we can picture your idea.

Good luck and make you ideas as interesting and creative as possible.

Here’s our first test video taken from #TSIFriday:

You can find out more about the camera we have here:



Summer Work Experience at Imperial College London

The Physics Department at Imperial College London is offering current lower sixth pupils the chance to undertake a week of work experience over the summer. This is a fantastic opportunity for those of you who are interested in studying physics beyond A Level. If you are interested head over to the Imperial website to find out more:


Speak to you Physics teacher and make sure that they are happy to be your referee (I’m sure they will, but it’s good to ask).

Good luck in your application.

Don’t forget that the deadline is January 15th 2014. However, applying sooner rather than later would be my suggestion.

Lower Sixth Trip to London

Hopefully you have already read the details on the letter. The plan here is to make things as clear as possible.

First, if you haven’t done so already, add this number to your phone:

07961 756171

We’ll be meeting at Victoria. I’d like to meet on the bench outside WHSmiths. This should be fairly obvious but here’s a photo to help.


We’ll then be taking the Victoria Line to Green Park (you’ll need a travel card for this so make sure you get this when you purchase your ticket).

From Green Park it’s a short walk to the Royal Institute. The lecture starts at 10:00 and finishes at 12:30.

Here are the details:


After the talk you have quite a few choices based on what your parents have put on your consent form:

1) You could head straight home; I’ll show you the way back to Green Park tube station where you can then get the Victoria Line back to Victoria and then a train home.

2) You could have a look around the Faraday Museum which is in the RI building and well worth a visit.

3) You could head to the Science Museum; it’s an easy tube ride from Green Park to South Kensington on the Piccadilly Line.

Here’s a helpful map:

sci mus

4) You could attend a second lecture at University College London; UCL run science talks aimed at sixth form students every Friday evening at 6:30. I’m planning on attending this week’s lecture which is about Holograms. You’ll need to arrive by 6:00 to ensure you get a seat (there are no tickets so it’s first come, first served. You never know how popular these will be). To get to UCL it’s another easy tube trip from Green Park to Warren Street on the Victoria Line. Or you could walk (it’s only half an hour from the RI). The lecture is in the Chemistry building (Christopher Ingold Building, 20 Gordan Street). After the lecture take the Victoria Line back to Victoria and home.

walk rout

ucl map



5) You could enjoy some time in our nations capital with a nice lunch and maybe some shopping.

It’s really up to you (and your parents). If you are unsure about any of this please let me know.


IET Diamond Scholarship Success

Last year the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) announced their Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme. Here’s how they describe the scheme:

“The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) can today reveal that £2 million is being invested in the UK’s up and coming engineering talent. The Diamond Jubilee Scholarships have been awarded to 540 of the UK’s top students from 382 schools who are starting an engineering degree at 27 UK based universities this autumn. The students are the first cohort to win these prestigious scholarships and had to meet the criteria of achieving 3 ‘A’s at A Level, 3 ‘A’ grade Advanced Highers, 5 ‘A’ grade Highers or an International Baccalaureate Diploma at 36 points or above and join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course in Autumn 2013. Each student will be receiving an IET scholarship of £1000 per year, up to a maximum of £3000 for Bachelors students and £4000 for MEng students”

I mentioned the scheme to last year’s engineering applicants and I have just received a really nice email from Saskia Rees who completed her A-Levels at RGS this summer and is off to Warwick University to study engineering. Saskia made a successful application and is now receiving a scholarship of £1000 per year of her degree!

But the news gets even better. The scheme will run again in 2014 (Diamond + 1 perhaps), and this means more of you can apply and hopefully be successful. You’ll find all the details you need here. Applications start in January next year so I’ll remind you again then about it. You’ve got nothing to lose in applying and plenty to gain. Good luck to those of you who apply this year.

Finally, here’s a link to the IET press release


Headstart Courses

Headstart is a chance for you to try out a university or STEM course for a week in the summer. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The courses are residential so you’ll spend a week at the university, living in halls and seeing what the university is like from the inside rather than in a prospectus.

There is a selection of courses which range from Aeronautical Engineering to Systems Engineering. These are available at universities from Aston to Warwick. There are 2 main options:

  1. Take a Broad Based Engineering Course: here you’ll look at the many different strands of engineering. This could help you decide which engineering discipline is for you. There are 19 top universities which offer the Broad Based Course. This is also an excellent chance to experience life at one of your potential university choices.
  2. Take a Specialist Course: these allow you to focus a little more on one area of STEM. There are 29 courses on offer and again these are at some top universities. The courses are pretty diverse so if you are interested in a STEM degree then there will be a Headstart course for you.

We tend to have around five pupils each year attend Headstart courses which typically run in the last few weeks of the summer term. If you want to learn more you can head to the website or email me and I’ll put you in contact with some of our recent Headstarters.

The feedback I get each year from people who go on these courses is very positive so if you are unsure about course or university, these are a great way to get some answers.

Mr Saunders