Science Comic Capers at The Radclyffe School
A full-colour, 44-page comic is giving students at The Radclyffe School a fantastic introduction to science.
One of the Chadderton school’s talented teachers, Louise Crosby was one of the contributors responsible for the magazine. It explains in an entertaining way topics as varied as climate change, cancer drug trials, the life cycle of an aphid and the DNA of an onion.
Entitled ‘Asteroid Belter’, students are enjoying reading the new edition in both the Science Faculty and the school library. The comic has been produced for the British Science Festival, held in Newcastle last month. 10,000 copies were given out to students who visited the Science festival and schools in Newcastle. The Radclyffe School is one of the few schools outside of the North East to receive copies.
The comics are also giving a boost to literacy, allowing students to approach subjects away from complex text books. And students are loving the finished publication. Year 7 students Paul Jones, Hamza Ameer and Holly Wilkinson were amongst the first to read the comic. Holly said, “It’s really clever how it mixes learning with the comic strips. Lots of people love comics and love science so it’s a good combination.”
Hamza added, “There was one story about human digestion that was very funny but it’s also really useful about the science.”
And Paul said, “There were some really funny stories, like one that explained about extreme weather, but it was serious at the same time.”
Mrs Crosby, who teaches Geography at the school said, “Helping to create the comic was great fun, and we’re really pleased that students at The Radclyffe School can enjoy the comic too.”
She added, “I love the appearance of words and images together. Comics can engage readers of all ages, whether it be a story, poem or science.”
Head of Science Mr Andy Watson said, “The comic is a great way to make science accessible and easy to understand. We are very pleased to have received the copies, which are already being well used.”