Barts and the London Trauma Sciences: Surgery Activity
During Science Week 2013, our IB Higher Level Biology class was lucky enough to take part in a ‘trauma surgery’ workshop run by Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. An operating theatre was set up on the bottom floor of The Space, where we were let loose to operate on ‘Fred’ the willing dummy.
Before doing this, we all scrubbed up and wore safety goggles and gloves, preparing us for the task at hand. We all got the chance to assist one of the surgeons in groups of four and used clamps to stop bleeding from different internal blood vessels in a number of different activities. We learnt about the speed at which surgery must be done and about the surgical tools used. We were also taught about the London Ambulance service and the way it is run. This was an invaluable experience for all of us especially those considering medicine, as it really gave us an insight into what real surgery is like.
TEDx Sevenoaks School
For Science Week 2013, Sevenoaks School held a TEDxSevenoaksSchool evening on Thursday 14 March, on the theme of ‘Where invention meets discovery’. TEDx events are independently organised but linked to the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) global conferences created by the Sapling Foundation to disseminate ‘ideas worth spreading’.
When watching a TED show, you are instantly inspired by the intellectualism and ideas involved. The aim of our project was to collate a group of Lower Sixth students who would merge initiative, ideas, creativity and teamwork to produce an event that would not only be interesting but also inspiring. Most of the Lower Sixth welcomed the idea, and 40 students signed up to participate. We were all thrilled to be part of such a grand event within the school. The 40 of us were divided into four groups: publicity, logistics, tech and demos, and we were all eager to crack on with the project.
The event consisted of a screening of several TEDTalks videos alongside five live presenters and three demonstrations sparking deep conversation and connections. The demonstrations were key in making the event exhilarating as the experiments that they presented, ‘elephant toothpaste’, ‘van der graph generator’ and a live microscope, all involved audience participation. The logistics team was not only pivotal in contacting and choosing the speakers but also in making a professional atmosphere for the event and making it run smoothly. The technology team created an ambient mood by the use of deep lighting.
The publicity team (which I was part of) was key in getting the project going, and we were eager and determined to do what had to be done: advertise TEDxSevenoaksSchool and sell all the tickets available. We invited parents and pupils by email, created a website and Twitter page, and put posters up around the school. The whole event was streamed live and a video was posted on YouTube so that people who were unable to get a ticket could watch at home. The professional speakers were informative, interesting and most of all inspiring. They ranged from a mechanical engineer at OC Robot to a professor of balloon-borne astrophysics, speaking on a variety of topics, which was important in grabbing the attention of a vast number of people.
My personal impression was that the event was a unique experience in which I grasped many innovative ideas but most of all, I understood the value of inspiration. Before the event, we were motivated to create an event where invention meets discovery. Afterwards, we were extremely proud to have been part of a global phenomenon, TED, which inspired every single one of us. Credit goes to Dr Harper-Clark and Miss Bonsall for supporting all of our thoughts and ideas throughout.