Academy students learn about planet at Dynamic Earth

A number of Berwick Academy’s Year 9 students had the opportunity to visit Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Friday, 8th March 2019, 08:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 14:37 pm
Berwick Academy students at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Students were able to experience the dynamic forces that have shaped our planet, travel through space and time right back to the big bang, feel the shudder of molten rock, experience the extreme temperatures of our polar regions and explore the depths of the world’s ecosystems – learning about humanity’s potentially devastating impact on our planet.

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Throughout the day, students worked with a number of experts to develop their use of geographical information systems (GIS) and model-building kits.

Working in small teams, students had to use GIS to decide on the location of a proposed new hospital along one of the Earth’s most active fault lines – the San Andreas Fault in California.

The students’ creativity was also put to the test when using a model-building kit to apply the knowledge they had developed to design their very own hospital building which would withstand the violent tremors of an earthquake. The students fully embraced the challenge, showing great determination and resilience. Students worked admirably and represented Berwick Academy tremendously.