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20/04/18

Year 12 and Year 13 enjoying the sunshine and a game of rounders at lunchtime today. Better luck next time Year 13! Thank you to Miss Abbott for organising it. https://t.co/7wPf1ePk6L

20/04/18

We look forward to welcoming all our New Entrants to their Language Workshops tomorrow, Saturday, 21 April 2018. See you there!

19/04/18

Student led tutorial showing how to import original material from garage band into Scratch. Jess, Digital Leader https://t.co/vGtRn3oK6L

19/04/18

Today's lecture starts at 3.30pm for Years 9-13. We are very pleased to have Thane Campbell, a PhD student from Edinburgh University, coming to Invicta to share his PhD research on the latest imaging equipment for the Proteus project for the medical sector.

19/04/18

Congratulations to Eleanor, in Year 8, who recently played her harp at the Mayor's Reception for Judge Carey in the Town Hall. Mr Greer described her performance as stunning!

18/04/18

The frames have propolis (bee glue) on them, which is a resin-like substance. The keepers also add syrup to the feeder. https://t.co/FQdpUFHfX2

18/04/18

Attending to Invicta's hives and adding syrup to the feeder. We hope we get another bumper crop of excellent honey again this year! https://t.co/gzr8wsuPaM

17/04/18

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Did you miss our last Train to Teach Day? Not to worry, join us on Tuesday 22 May for our next Train to Teach Day. https://t.co/awlexhgHbL

17/04/18

Binary poem written by Katie in Year 7 to support her computer science revision. https://t.co/hGA2LFcBwL

17/04/18

7V were testing acids and alkalis in a fun and interactive science lesson. Lily, Digital Leader https://t.co/phdjUWDjid

17/04/18

Photosynthesis in elodea, pond weeds in Year 8 Biology lesson, and counting bubbles of oxygen to determine rate of photosynthesis. https://t.co/k2oFY7sJSF

17/04/18

Year 11 scientists are excited to try out the new 'Required Practical' Questions on Tassomai - 150 new questions to support their revision. https://t.co/rXAez0BnrN

17/04/18

We hope to see you here! https://t.co/QkQntpC633

16/04/18

Never too old to make a daisy chain! https://t.co/rBdDvULFkp

16/04/18

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold practice weekend went very well for Invicta students, apart from a grey start to the day. https://t.co/1NQLJVVPaD

16/04/18

Congratulations to our 3 persons Invicta team whose entry into the KM Bright Sparks Award has been accepted. We wish them well.

16/04/18

Students and Staff enjoyed their fantastic ski trip to Italy during the Easter break, both on and off the slopes! https://t.co/J4fXSLKJgd

16/04/18

The Theme of the Week: Be Disciplined. Assemblies and Tutor Time will be based on the theme.

16/04/18

Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope you had a lovely time.

29/03/18

Well done to Angel in 8N who represented Medway Rugby Football Club on Sunday, 25 March at the Kent U13 Tournament at Priestfields, Rochester. They came 2nd overall out of 5 teams and Angel received a medal for taking part in the games!

29/03/18

Adventure athlete Sophie Radcliffe is at Invicta speaking to Year 9 about confidence and passion for life. https://t.co/pRsIlnaKcb

29/03/18

Students from Book Club enjoyed their visit to South East Schools Themed Book Awards evening to hear authors Patrice Lawrence and Juno Dawson speak. https://t.co/HqzOSwq0ko

29/03/18

Congratulations to Sophie in 13S - her fantastic alternative book cover won first prize South East Schools Themed Book Awards ceremony. https://t.co/3NdJZkTMhg

29/03/18

Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition students baked and decorated sponge cakes. Prior to this they investigated the ingredients in cakes and why each ingredient is important. The cakes produced are stunning and each one is individual with very professional presentation. https://t.co/zkORupvftx

28/03/18

Thank you to everyone who joined us tonight at our New Entrants' Evening. We shall look forward to seeing you at our Languages Workshops on Saturday, 21 April! https://t.co/FnwkjyDLPF

28/03/18

We are ready and waiting for the new Year 7's to arrive for their New Entrants' Welcome Evening. See you soon! https://t.co/t54vJyxOQw

28/03/18

We look forward to welcoming our New Year 7 at our New Entrants' Welcome Evening tonight. Congratulations to them all!

28/03/18

Pictures from the Art STEM session yesterday lunchtime of walking rainbow water and erupting colour. https://t.co/JWXZUR3l9i

28/03/18

A Year 5 pupil who attended a recent Art and DT Workshop kindly created a card for our staff in appreciation! https://t.co/ZWQ8bLhZfc

28/03/18

Year 8 Testing a leaf for the production of starch. The leaf, when boiled and the chlorophyll destroyed with ethanol, can be tested with yellow iodine. If starch is present then the leaf turns blue black. https://t.co/fdpV5SpnO8

27/03/18

Students and staff have been helping to raise funds for Guide Dogs with an Easter Fair this lunchtime. https://t.co/JtDQ510yVJ

27/03/18

Strangely coloured flowers demonstrating water transport in plants in the Year 9 Biology lesson today. https://t.co/wCc84xIsjE

27/03/18

The image of a practical setup for A level Physics looking at Potential Divider equations. The potential difference from the power supply is shared out between the fixed resistor and the thermistor, a non-ohmic device where the resistance varies with temperature. https://t.co/3pX4YiLsvV

26/03/18

Invicta will be holding an Easter Fair for the students and staff tomorrow to raise funds for Guide Dogs https://t.co/CVwXJRy8bi

26/03/18

Geography students collecting data for their Geography coursework whilst in Snowdonia. https://t.co/klsNckZFtp

26/03/18

Physics experiment in Parallel with 3 bulbs by Katie and Isabelle, Year 9 https://t.co/7UqfG7kDN5

26/03/18

Year 7 get up close and personal with the tissue layers of a leaf! https://t.co/ZkmzdPqB2B

26/03/18

The Theme of the Week: Celebrate Success and show appreciation. Assemblies and tutor times will be based on the theme.

23/03/18

Well done to Francesca in 12A who is the new Head Girl for 2018-2019, Ellie in 12C who is the new Deputy Head Girl and Joe in 12A who is the new head boy! They will work alongside the new Senior Prefect Team: Caitlin B, Sarah, Amelia, Matilta, Aimee, Caitlin O, Rebecca and Asha! https://t.co/zNmVCGs7nc

22/03/18

Cansat students are building a mini satellite to launch in York tomorrow. It must have a primary and secondary mission. We have chosen to look into co2 and methane levels around the country due to the latest news reports. They are at National STEM Centre run by esero UK. https://t.co/5AXGoK4ZYv

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Posted on: October 28th 2016

Silicon Valley - Day 3

28 October 2016

Day 3:

By Vicky Jenkins Year 11 and Mrs Lloyd

Today we were up at 7:30am as today we were going to Carnegie Mellon, which is linked to Ames NASA Centre and then on to Stanford University.

We left at 8:45am, and, horrifically, we brought the British weather with us to California as it was pouring with rain at this point.

The Carnegie Mellon facility in Silicon Valley is a specialist Engineering Centre and as linked to the space research.  The main university is in Pittsburgh.  

Arriving at Carnegie Mellon at 9:20am, we had breakfast with some of the female students who were studying for their PhD’s and Masters in Technology. They are part of the INI the Information Networking Institute and in particular the Womene@ini.  After breakfast we had a small tour of the small campus. Three of the main interesting facts they told us was: their campus used to be a hospital, 50% of applicants are now female and they have a 3D printing facility.  We got to see a number of Drones in development.

We then went outside where we were talked to about drones and how they were using some drones to help with their projects and how they want to understand technology better.  In particular to develop the need for improved mobile technology.

The main aspect of the morning was to work on ‘Hackathons’.  These are design problem solving think tanks.  We were split into three groups and each team had to come up with a problem to solve.  Working with mentors from the university we worked on possible solutions.  Each team had to consider the roles within a project team.  After lunch we had to present our findings.  This was followed by an inspiring ‘TED talk’ by Richard Lack from Gighya.  

Once the tour and sessions at Carnegie Mellon were done, we took some quick pictures at the entrance with the space shuttle and got over to the NASA Ames Research Centre since the two are linked. We looked around the small station where they had a small section of a real shuttle which did actually go to space and we got to see the evolution of space suits. The group made a small stop at the shop before we had to board the mini bus or get in the car to make our way over to Stanford University.

We rolled up to Stanford University at 4:00pm. Stanford was opened in 1891 and is the size of 97 Disneylands. The first part of our tour was being guided around the sports halls and other facilities while being given the history of Stanford itself, why it was built.  The inspiration behind it which was “it was aimed to be beautiful like the east coast universities, but different  than on the east coast”. We were told about what Stanford look for in applicants and about its success as one of the top universities in the world. The campus was stunning and inspired many of us visiting.

Evening came around quickly, we had dinner which Shannon Hogue Brown who was a top software engineer. She wanted to know what we had been told before and told us about her life and what got her into coding and why she wanted to do it and how being a well - rounded person and how communication can be helpful and why it’s important in any field of work you go into. The main bits of information she gave us was to “put yourself in unconformable positions because then you know you’re growing as a person”.