U6 Impress with Independent Research Projects
Throughout the first two weeks of November, a large number of Upper Sixth students presented their research projects, either an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ, worth half an A Level) or our own award, the Independent Research Project (IRP). Having chosen the qualification they wanted to study in the Lower Sixth, students were free to choose any topic of particular interest to them and were encouraged to push well beyond the remits of A Level study. These projects are undertaken independently outside of lessons and are a key component of the Intellectual Curiosity and 21st Century Skills components of the Sixth Form Pathways Programme.
This year's topics ranged from the impact of plastics on marine ecosystems and whether the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a flawed personality test, to how important the feminine aspect is in Norse mythology. There were also some impressive practical projects, such as the making of a robotic hand, the engineering challenges of self-driving vehicles and a radio-controlled airship.
There was a real buzz at the EPQ showcase on Wednesday 13th November, and in tutor groups, as the projects were presented. The eloquence and depth of knowledge of the students were truly impressive and they had clearly picked up excellent research, problem-solving and time-management skills, which will stand them in excellent stead for their university studies.
We wish them the very best as they make the final touches to their dissertations before submission in early December. With huge thanks to Ms Savva (EPQ) and Mr Barlow (IRP) along with members of staff supervising the projects for all their support of the students to make the 2019 research projects such a success.