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Turning the Tide(way): City girls in science

Year 8 took a deep dive into the science of water this City Girls in Science Day. Off timetable for the morning, the year group partnered with Tideway to learn about their work constructing London's new 'super sewer', aimed at reinvigorating the city's otherwise historic network.

Year 8 Gwenhwyfar enjoyed this part of the day, expressing surprise at the tunnel's length - "a whopping 25km long!" - and explaining how "new sewers are needed now as our current system was built back in 1860 by Joseph Bazalgette and only had the capacity for 4 million people, a very small amount compared to the 8.5 million nowadays".  

The students then put their engineering hats on to confront a water-based challenge: designing an environmentally-friendly water park and attempting to construct it using household materials. Amid many creative ideas, the Tideway judges declared three worthy winners: Weiting and Selvi's bucket feature with plants; Tallulah and Scarlett's slides and swings; and Ruby and Lucie's replica hydroelectric plant for children to learn about.