This week, our students have been investigating the electrical output of renewable energies.
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Our students conducted an Albedo experiment today. Albedo (sometimes referred to as ‘reflection coefficient’) is a measure of how reflective a surface is. The term is derived from the Latin albus meaning ‘white’ and is either determined by a value between 0 and 1 or a percentage value. The more reflective a surface is the higher the albedo value. See the video here.
Our students have been learning about the environmental impacts of agriculture. The cress represents how monocultures adversely affect biodiversity.
Our students went to Coombes Farm for the day. The farm itself is a fully working farm set in 1000 acres or 420 hectares within the beautiful South Downs National Park in West Sussex. The farm stretches from the hills of the Downs to the banks of the River Adur and 140 acres is some two metres below high tide.
The video shows how much fun they had, particularly feeding the lambs.
As part of the A Level Environmental Science course, our students learn about research methods. Of course, it is important that they can also apply the methods in real life situations, so they went on a residential trip to Juniper Hall in Surrey. The video shows some of the activities they took part in.
A interesting experiment
The darker the smoke, the more polluting it tends to be. Smoke darker than a specified shade of grey is officially classified as ‘dark smoke’.
The Ringelmann chart is used to define dark smoke. The chart has 5 shades of grey with 0 being clear and 5 being black. Smoke is considered ‘dark’ if it is shade 2 or darker. Our students using the chart.