Regents Science Week goes off with a bang

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In conjunction with the centenary of the death of Rudolph Diesel, Regents School Pattaya have had their best Science Week to date, raising awareness and getting students excited about the science that surrounds our everyday life!

From October 28th to the 1st November Regents dedicated a whole week to science, all things ‘Rudolph Diesel’ and the high compression diesel engine – one of which was kindly donated and presented by Todd Barber, the New Model Program Chief Engineer from Ford Thailand Manufacturing.

Studying the schematics.Studying the schematics.

Secondary students took part in a wide range of challenges and lessons all themed around the diesel engine and its creator who died 100 years ago on the 29th September 1913 – under unknown circumstances. Even this detail was not overlooked with Year 12 Biology students taking on the challenge to measure contributory factors of decomposition!

Classes, ranging from years 7 to 12, looked into the wider aspects of combustion including the efficiency of different fuels, debating the ideal fuel for the future and making colourful sparklers using metal salts. Other classes produced and directed their own educational film on the improved efficiency of the diesel engine and even rebuilt their own model engine in a ‘real-life’ working scenario.

Teams from year 7 were given dedicated departmental roles of spares, parts and design and had to work as a team in a scenario not dissimilar to the Ford Factory in Rayong Province in producing the engine efficiently, precisely and on time!

Paul Press, Head of Science commented: “Science Week is all about getting the students excited about science and raising awareness! The integration of a theme such as the centenary of the death of Rudolph Diesel gave us the opportunity to show the students how science is everywhere and in everything we do. It also allows us to show students how it is applied in real-life working environments and will hopefully inspire the scientists of the future!”

Throughout the week all of secondary were able to get involved with ICT students designing the ‘next’ Ford Mustang on Google Sketch, English students narrating the journey of a carbon atom leading to the final challenge of the week – ‘The Truck Pull’.

House teams gathered with anticipation to pull a Ford Ranger truck against the clock around the schools 800 meter Oval with a final team effort achieving an impressive 1 minute 56 seconds!

Principal Mike Walton commented: “The Regents School Pattaya not only provides excellent academic education but delivers broader learning experiences that excite our students. Science Week illustrates how we prepare our students for the working world, delivering creative and adaptable young adults who will love learning well after their graduation.”

This class looked into the wider aspects of combustion including making colourful sparklers using metal saltThis class looked into the wider aspects of combustion including making colourful sparklers using metal salt

The Truck PullThe Truck Pull

The school’s record breaking ‘Truck Pull’ attempt cruising passed Regent’s Early years buildingThe school’s record breaking ‘Truck Pull’ attempt cruising passed Regent’s Early years building

Proud members of the Truck Pull Team!Proud members of the Truck Pull Team!

Year 12 students take on the challenge to measure contributory factors of decomposition!Year 12 students take on the challenge to measure contributory factors of decomposition!

Does it decompose faster out in the sun?Does it decompose faster out in the sun?

You wouldn’t want to serve up this bucket of chicken - but it’s all done in the name of Science.You wouldn’t want to serve up this bucket of chicken – but it’s all done in the name of Science.

Teams from year 7 were given dedicated departmental roles of spares, parts and design and had to work as a team to build their own model engine!Teams from year 7 were given dedicated departmental roles of spares, parts and design and had to work as a team to build their own model engine!

Getting a close-up look at how it works.Getting a close-up look at how it works.