Woodhouse College
Alica Derome Rebecca Saul

Following in the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton

Dated: 4 December 2019

 
 
On 19th November, physics students Arjun, Eimear, Mikel and Yakob, following in the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton, presented their research on Exoplanet discoveries to academics and students at the Royal Society. They were representing Woodhouse at a national conference on student research projects held annually, having been chosen as winners of a regional conference at Queen Mary, University of London in March.
 
Portrait of the great man himself (Head of Physics, Mr Makepeace - R) with Sir Isaac Newton in background
 
They found the experience immensely rewarding and inspirational, as Mikel explained...
 
“I talked to students from schools coming from all around the country about their projects and had conversations regarding their limitations and the problems faced when completing different tasks. I then explained our project, showing them how exoplanets can be discovered. The workshop session gave us another opportunity to scrutinise each other’s projects and most importantly answer questions asked by some of the fellows of the Royal Society.”
 
 
 
Yakob agreed... 
 
“I enjoyed meeting new people and hearing about the projects of my peers. Presenting our project and being asked questions by a truly interested audience was an amazing experience. Finally, the fellows supervising our workshop were very interesting and it was enlightening hearing about their current and previous work.”
 
While Eimear found that...
 
“As a young woman hoping to go into a science career I felt very supported by the presence of so many other women and very inspired.”
 
 
The students project was based on detecting exoplanets using the programming language Python to model light curves from data collected from NASA’s Kepler missions.
 
 
 
 "Nullius in Verba" - Take no one's word for it (rough trans.)


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