The Biology department is delighted to round up this academic year with the launch of another exciting new podcast collection exploring the largely undiscovered life of earth’s nocturnal animals written and recorded by a team of Lower Sixth biologists led by Hebe. Drawing inspiration from the trio of tiny, wide-eyed animal skulls on display in the Biology corridor, funded through the 2017-18 Annual Fund, the collection aims to reveal how these creatures’ superpowers could solve some of the most pressing global issues of our time, whilst also helping us to develop a better understanding of the needs of these precious creatures of the night.
Nicole reflected on her experience writing and recording the podcast ‘Have we discovered the next top model?’ saying:
‘This has not only been an invaluable opportunity to collaborate with biologists as passionate as myself, but also a chance to research cutting edge scientific breakthroughs and extend my understanding of the natural world beyond the A Level syllabus. Through acting in the role of an ‘Independent Expert’, I have learnt how to reach beyond science’s ‘comfort zone’ to try and overcome long-standing limitations of established scientific ways of working.’
With Miss Osborne’s support, Hebe, Libby and Rojin have also turned their attention to extending the local and global reach of Biology’s podcast series. The podcast collection inspired by Godolphin’s very own platypus skeleton (and its twin Sketchfab interactive 3D model) has captured the imagination of primary school children near and far. Featured in both the Bridge programme and Mentor Jr. (Head Girl, Jessie Pitsillides’ free online tutoring platform) the podcasts have stimulated hugely insightful and exploratory discussions amongst students as young as ten years of age, some of whom have never before encountered Biology as an academic discipline.
Three years on from its launch, the impact of Biology’s interactive learning corridor on student science capital and engagement is still evident. After all, there has never been a better time to aspire to deepen our understanding of the natural world. We can only hope that this space and its podcast collections continue to inspire future generations of Godolphin students to open their minds to the beauty of science.
To listen to the collection, click on the player below.