Science and Computing

  • Who: 3rd year upwards
  • i/c: JPT

This is an opportunity for anyone from 3rd year upwards to learn about Astronomy in more detail and to enter for the GCSE exam in the subject if they wish. It is being run through the Abingdon Science Partnership and a number of pupils from other, local schools are also following the course. New pupils should speak to Mr Thomas before joining to discuss practical details of taking the GCSE qualification.

  • Where: Various
  • When: Tuesday, 4.00 – 5.00 pm
  • Who: Upper School Biologists; parents and staff are most welcome
  • i/c: SEB

Lectures are organised to support work being done in the Biology specification, to extend knowledge of the specification and to give boys an up to date account of current advances in modern biology. Some lectures may also have a more general “Natural History” theme and be open to Middle School Pupils as well.

Some pupils can also be given the opportunity to carry out more open-ended practical investigations or other experiments. Dissections and moth trapping are some of the activities that have happened recently. Additionally, groups of pupils can prepare presentations on topics of interest to them and present them to their peers.

  • Where: S108
  • When: Tuesday P8, Wednesday P7-8
  • Who: 3rd Year - Sixth Form
  • i/c: MJF

Chemistry Society will offer boys from the middle and upper school an opportunity to engage in extra-curricular chemistry project work (for example, we have been working with IRIS to set up a project on ionic liquids synthesis and characterisation). It will also provide a platform for wider appreciation of the subject in terms of lectures from outside speakers and literature awareness of contemporary chemistry issues that fall beyond the chemistry syllabus but well with in the boys’ sphere of interest.

  • Where: Yang Science Centre
  • When: Thursday P5
  • Who: 5th year and above
  • i/c: MGD

A chance for young entomologists to study insects.

  • Where: Science Outreach Lab.
  • When: Thursday Period 8, Lent Term
  • Who: Lower School
  • i/c: NP

Lower School Science Club is an opportunity for boys to partake in science projects and experiments outside of the curriculum. The boys will have a chance to extend their science knowledge in a fun, hands-on environment.

  • Where: S106
  • When: Tuesdays P8
  • Who: 5th Year and Lower Sixth
  • i/c: JPT

An opportunity for 5th Year and L6 Science Ambassadors to help run a weekly science club for children from local primary schools. 

  • Where: Science Outreach Lab.
  • When: Wednesday, P8, Lent Term
  • Who: Middle School
  • i/c: NP

An opportunity for students to experience hands-on science outside of the syllabus.

  • Where: S106
  • When: Wednesday P7 onwards
  • Who: 4th Year upwards
  • i/c: JPT

This is the club for anyone who wants to do real, scientific research but can't wait for university. Carry out your own projects or work with our partners such as the Institute for Research in Schools, The Young Scientists Journal and partner schools in Abingdon.

  • Where: S307
  • When: Thursday P5 (Week B)
  • Who: Lower Sixth
  • i/c: RHH

Science Journal Club is for any lower sixth science student who is keen to extend their reading above and beyond the curriculum, who enjoys lively discussion of science and who wants to learn more about real experiments and the scientific method. We meet fortnightly to discuss a range of articles from all scientific disciplines.

  • Where: Yang Science Centre; also various local Primary schools
  • When: Thursday Periods 5 & 6; occasional Wednesday afternoons - and some Saturday mornings
  • Who: 5th and Lower Sixth
  • i/c: JPT

Boys will assist in running Science Outreach events on site in the Yang Science Centre or in local primary schools.

  • Who: All years
  • i/c: JPT

This is an opportunity for pupils from any year to learn some science writing skills and to pursue a writing project on a topic of their own choice. Abingdon Science Partnership is affiliated to the Young Scientists Journal which gives the opportunity for finished articles to be published online and possibly in the hard copy edition.

  • Where: Mercers Court, ICT
  • Who: Middle and Upper School
  • When: Thursday P8, Michaelmas term
  • i/c MAK

XFMDPNF UP DPEFCSFBLJOH DMVC - Codebreaking Club takes place weekly and teams will be preparing for and taking part in the National Cipher Challenge. This is an annual competition for students across the country to crack ever more complicated ciphers, including simple Caesar Shift Ciphers, Vignere Ciphers and beyond. If you like solving puzzles and reading secret messages then come along - programming and IT skills are a bonus but not necessary.

  • Where: ICT Greening Wing
  • When: Friday, 4.00 – 5.00 pm
  • Who: All year groups
  • i/c: BW

The Computer Programming activity is intended to provide hands-on experience of the nitty-gritty of computer programming. We will be taking an overview of the history of computer-programming languages, from assembler through to modern object-oriented languages – and the development of the hardware on which they run. Practical tasks will be undertaken in a dedicated programming environment using the latest interpreted object-oriented languages and application development frameworks. Applications are likely to be web and network based, with the ability to show off the results from any Internet-connected computer. No previous experience is necessary, but an aptitude for logical and analytical thought will be essential.

  • Where: S206
  • When: Monday P8
  • Who: 4 - VI
  • i/c: APW

We support a mixture of students' own projects and guided investigations into areas covering software, computer science/algorithms and electronics interfacing using Raspberry Pi and Arduino platforms. Examples include smartphone games/apps and facial recognition using Python and OpenCV.


  • Where: S206
  • When: Wednesday 2.30 - 4.30pm
  • Who: 4-VI
  • i/c: OTL

Electronics Club provides an opportunity to learn how to design and build simple electronic devices. The emphasis is on experimenting and learning rather than copying existing designs. Past projects range from reaction games, to light sensitive musical instruments. Programmable microcontrollers are also available for more adventurous tasks such as robotics. No experience is necessary but eagerness to learn is essential.

  • Where: S206
  • When: Friday, 4pm
  • Who: Sixth Form
  • i/c: APW

Python is now the computing language of choice for many scientists including Biologists, Chemists and Physicists. One thing that it is used for is to visualise data sets, varying from population data to the variation of physical systems. This introductory course will use the extensive libraries of programmes available online to learn more about how scientists visualise and study their data.

  • Where: Greening Wing ICT suite
  • When: Monday P5
  • Who: Lower School
  • i/c: CAM

A fun introduction to computer programming. Hands on sessions: writing your own programs; using different programming languages and packages; making graphical pictures, games and animations.

  • Where: Lower School houseroom
  • When: Tuesday period 8
  • Who: Lower School
  • i/c: SJC

Lower School Lego Mindstorms Club combines programming and engineering/design techniques. Using the Lego Mindstorms technical lego pieces different robots are created and brought to life by using a programmable brick which takes control of its movements. A variety of tasks are set through the year, to stretch and challenge builders to develop their ability to program and problem solve within the Lego Mindstorms environment.

  • Where: M113
  • When: Tuesday, 1:20pm - 2:20pm
  • Who: 3rd Year
  • i/c: SJC

Working with Lego Mindstorms robots, Robotics Club combines programming and engineering techniques. Building different models and machines using technical Lego, they are brought to life by using a programmable brick which takes control of its movements. A variety of tasks are set through the year, to stretch and challenge builders to develop their ability to program, within the Lego Mindstorms environment.

  • When: Tuesday P8, Friday P8
  • Who: 3rd Year - 5th Year
  • i/c: MJF

We are building, from scratch, a system to monitor levels of a number of important gases in the air with a view to deploying our devices in the school and analysing the data that our devices collect. The system will be based around the Raspberry Pi hardware and will involve some straightforward electronics and some level of Python programming. The device will be portable and we will therefore be able to investigate gases inside and out of school buildings.

  • Where: S207
  • When: Monday P8
  • Who: 3rd Year - Sixth Form
  • i/c: APW

With the help of ASPA we have the HTC Vive Pro Virtual Reality available for use by boys on Monday afternoons. In the first half of the Michaelmas Term we will be encouraging boys to try the kit and experience VR. Boys can then contribute to the future direction of our study of this important technology at school. After half term we will be designing and building a visual display box to house the VR computer.