Students at the Darwen Community Academy could not wait for the NSEW (National Science & Engineering) week to begin. Students kicked off the week by Learning about the importance of STEM subjects, (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and the whole academy took part in exciting lessons during tutor time where they learnt about the solar eclipse and how this distinctive occurrence takes place. On Tuesday, year 7 and 8 students witnessed the launching of a Helium Balloon into space. Wining students had the opportunity to choose an item that was best relevant and met the weight specifications. This was another thrilling event for the students who were involved in the countdown of the launch. The camera and GPS receiver along with the radio were successfully recovered and students will view the live feed on Friday this week.

Finally, to finish the week off, Key stage 3 students in Science, Technology and Maths lessons have enthusiastically made pinhole cameras so that they can meet the Health and Safety requirements, enabling them to view the solar eclipse on Friday. The event has been supported by specialist assemblies throughout the week and students are again eager to take part in this unique event.

National Science Week aims to celebrate science and its importance to our lives, providing an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology activities, we at the DACA have highlighted and provided students avenues to see the link between these various subjects as well as, made students more aware of the career opportunities that are available to them in these respective fields.