On Friday March 10th, six physicists from 6.1 embarked on a journey to the International Science Conference held at St Paul's School. Schools from around the world had created posters and presentations on science.
Our project was centred around Cosmic Rays and the factors which may affect them, which we have been researching for the past three months. We decided to use a muon detector to see how the `muon' count varied with material in its way, so we kept the muon detector on top of Mansion, and also at the JCR.
We were blown away by the fascination of the topics discussed from students all around the world at the International Science Conference. The student presentations were split into four time-slots throughout the day. There was an entertaining poster session where more than 50 students had created extraordinary and informative posters about different parts of the broad spectrum of science. During the first 45 minutes, we were asked to stand next to our poster and answer any questions which a student or teacher had regarding our subject matter. Afterwards we toured around the large room learning about other people's endeavours.
In the afternoon, we decided to get our muon detector from the minivan and set it up for the other students, so that they could get a better idea of what we did. We managed to get the detector running and we were detecting muons at St Paul's School.
At 14-40 the time came for us to give our presentation. The presentation had to last twelve minutes. We decided to split the presentation into three sections: the science behind cosmic rays (Hrishi Shah), the equipment we used (Benedict Yorston) and the analysis of our results (Matthew Moffat). Although St Paul's projector suffered from a technical issue, we waited for the problem to be resolved and gave our presentation without a hitch. In addition to this we managed to answer some very hard questions given to us by the audience.
After the student presentations finished we headed to the main room to have snacks and discuss our project with anyone else who had questions. On our way back to Radley we stopped at Pizza Express for a lovely treat at the end of the day.
Report by Hrishi Shah, F Social, 6.1