On 4 July a team of Year 12 students from Beal were invited to the UCL 2018 ORBYTS conference, to present to researchers, scientists and other students in the UCL Chemistry lecture hall. They delivered an excellent presentation, very well received, to a difficult audience.  Well done!

Our Beal ORBYTS team is:

  • Tanzila Belai
  • Niamh Butler
  • Yusuf Chaudhry
  • Elysia Folkes
  • Hannes John Peter
  • Adam Khalfi
  • Fariha Nuzhat
  • Hamza Suleiman
  • Haadi Syed
  • Mala Virdee (UCL scientist)

Over the last two terms these nine Year 12 students have been carrying out original scientific research for the Twinkle space mission. Twinkle is a UCL-led mission aiming to launch a satellite into orbit in 2020 in order to study the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system.

They have been investigating a key molecule in the search for life on exoplanets – Nitrous Oxide (N2O). Their research will help the UCL team to obtain accurate experimental energy levels – essential research to enable Twinkle mission to detect N2O in exoplanet atmospheres.

This project has been an excellent introduction to undergraduate level science, has helped develop their research, project and team skills, and has been an opportunity to meet scientists at all levels. It is already proving highly valuable when writing UCAS applications – and will give a unique edge to those attending interviews at university!

The work has been entirely extra-curricular, and our students have worked hard to fit it around revision, study leave and A level exams. We hope to conclude the project early next term.  If you see these students around, ask them to do their presentation to your classes!