science

Mount St Mary's pupils get hands-on experience of design and engineering
Pupils at Mount St Mary’s College near Sheffield are taking inspiration direct from industry experts to become the next generation of structural engineers and architects. They are taking part in a unique and pioneering curriculum that has been developed with Laing O’Rourke to deliver Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC!), a course equivalent to a GCSE A*-C grade and an A level A*-E grade.Mount St Mary’s – which celebrates 175 years as a Jesuit college next year - is one of a small but growing...
The principles of Structural Engineering or cell biology would not normally be associated with children of Primary School age, but those were among the experiments undertaken by pupils at St Aloysius Junior School in Glasgow. They were taking part in the Primary 7 Science Fair 2015, which gave them the opportunity to display their impressive knowledge and enthusiasm for science.The judges, who included Professor Sir Harry Burns, said they had a very difficult time selecting winners out of such...
Aspiring scientists from St Aloysius’ College Junior School in Glasgow were delighted to have been shortlisted in a national science competition for schools. The pupils from classes P1, P2 and P3 entered a home-made film about finding beauty in science, which reached the shortlist in the 2014 Bill Bryson Science Prize. Entries were invited to address creatively the questions Where is the art in science? Or Where is the science in art?The video entry from the young Aloysians made it to the...
A Jesuit studying at Oxford University has been awarded the runner-up prize for the Peter Beaconsfield Prize in Physiological Sciences, 2014. Fr Sumeth Perera SJ from Sri Lanka is in the second year of his DPhil. A member of the Campion Hall Community, he is reading for his doctorate in Genetics at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG), working in the Goberdhan and Wilson laboratories.The Peter Beaconsfield Prize, which is open to postgraduate students in Physiological...
Jesuit astronomer, Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, has been awarded the prestigious Carl Sagan Medal for “outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist". The award was made by the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences, which described him as “the voice of the juxtaposition of planetary science and astronomy with Christian belief, a rational spokesperson who can convey exceptionally well how religion and science can co-exist for...
My name is Michael Smith, and I became a Jesuit just over fifty years ago.  Almost all my working life in the Jesuits has been with young people in one way or another – as a teacher in several schools, a year head in a boarding school, a headmaster in the Jesuit school in Wimbledon, then I worked in a youth project in London which ran retreats and other activities for groups of young people.  Now at the moment i am the chaplain to the senior school at St Aloysius in Glasgow, and...