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“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” ― Albert Einstein

How much energy do you waste?

This week is National Energy Saving Week.“Why is that important?” I hear you cry! Most of the energy that we use in our lives is in the form of electricity, which we transfer to other forms, such as heat and light to make our lives easier and more comfortable, but...

Something to listen to

Science isn't just about what you learn in your Science lessons. The KS3 and GCSE schemes of work that we teach here at Hurworth School are designed to give you a good understanding of the basics, but we can't teach absolutely everything about all aspects of the whole...

International Cooperation

The International Space Station orbits at a speed of 28,800 km/h (17,895.5 mph) at 400km (248.5 miles) above the surface of the Earth – that’s about the same distance as London is away from Darlington! The speed means that it completes an orbit in approximately 90...

The Red Planet

Have you noticed a bright red dot in the sky at night? This week, Mars is the closest to Earth that it will be at anytime in the next 15 years. Next Wednesday, 13th October, it will be at opposition in the sky, (meaning that it will be at exactly 180 degrees from the...

Women in STEM Wednesday

Here at The Left-Handed Lemon, and on the HurworthScience Instagram page, we like to use Wednesdays to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. With this being World Space Week, we thought you might like to...

Looking back in time

The Hubble Space Telescope is a satellite that has been in a low Earth orbit since 1990. Although it was not the first space telescope, it is probably the most famous.Shortly after its launch, Hubble was found to have an issue with its primary mirror which affected...

Satellites in our Lives

The theme of this year’s World Space Week is Satellites Improve Lives. For most people, hearing the word “satellite” conjures up images of dishes on the side of their house and TV programmes from the other side of the world, but satellites are much more than...

World Space Week 2020

Sunday 4th – Saturday 10th October This year’s theme: Satellites Improve Life. Space may be the Final Frontier, according to some sci-fi show on the TV, but various Space Agencies around the world are trying to overcome that frontier and explore further than...

Year 11 Assessment Week

Next week, Year 11 have a week of assessments to complete within lessons across all their subjects.In Science, students studying Combined Science will have one assessment, lasting 60 minutes covering topics B1, B6, C1, C2, C10-12, P1, P2 and P7&8. You have been...

World Heart Day 2020

Today, Tuesday 29th September 2020 is World Heart Day – an international initiative to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, the biggest killer worldwide, with over 17.9 million people dying each year, according the the World Health Organisation, (WHO).Your heart...

Meet the Science Team

Usual lab: several rooms around school.  Started teaching at Hurworth: September 2015. Degree: Biology. Hobbies: Eating biscuits, football, walking, watching films, cooking and running. Pets: Two daughters. Likes: Guillotining, building things out of wood for the...

50 Years of Luna 16

Throwback Thursday Return of Luna 16 to Earth Luna 16 was an unmanned space probe, launched by the Soviet Union on 12th September 1970 with the goal of collecting and returning to Earth samples from the surface of the Moon. Although the lander only drilled down...

Weary Wednesday

It’s Wednesday evening.  Last weekend seems like it was just a dream and next weekend is waving, tantalisingly, from across the great arid desert of Thursday and Friday.  We’ve hit the middle of the fourth week of the autumn term: half term is...

Autumn Equinox

Acorns accidently fall from the trees,Uniforms lost for another year.Twisting and turning leaves from the heavens;Under, over, forwards, back:Madly chasing to get there first.Nimble in manner – like acrobats. Today is the autumn equinox which marks the start of autumn...

What’s news in the world of Science?

Amid the constant news feed updates about the Covid-19 pandemic there are still a wealth of other Science news stories. Here is a selection of the best recent ones: A ‘singing’ crocodile and ‘dancing’ worms (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54197198)A...

What is a Left-Handed Lemon?

Hello and welcome to the brand new Hurworth Science Department Blog, The Left-Handed Lemon.   We will be keeping you up to date with all things Science-y both in school and out there in the Real World. You'll also be able to catch up with our latest...