Amsterdam Trip

This year was the first year AMVC ran the KS3 STEM trip to Amsterdam, which saw 50 Year 7 students spending 4 days exploring a range of different aspects of science, technology and engineering.  The trip began with a very early start, just after 5.00 am, which saw a lot of tired faces from both the parents and the students, but certainly a buzz of excitement in the air.  Despite delays waiting for the ferry, which no doubt help keep Burger King in business, the students’ spirits did not falter and the whole coach took part in a sing along rendition to The Greatest Showman.  We eventually arrived at the hotel around 7.00 pm giving everyone enough time to settle into their new rooms for the next few days.
The first full day started with an interactive journey through the human body at Corpus.  The students’ adventure began in the immune system and included bouncing on the tongue at the start of the digestive system, a 4D 
ride travelling as a sperm through the reproductive system and finishing in a 3D show of the nervous systems with many more stops along the way.  The next stop was Nemo, a large science museum shaped like a ship full of hands on science experiments for the students to play with.  The students took part in everything from a science 
practical experiment in a lab, to a mini engineering challenge building bridges.  A highlight for most was of course the gift shop full of mini science toys and experiences.  The best seller was of 
course the slime and putty.  The day finished with a river cruise along the canals of Amsterdam showing the students all of the sights of Amsterdam. The students’ particularly  enjoyed waving to everyone on the surrounding boats in the afternoon sunshine.
The second day was probably one of the most exciting days of the trip, a day at Efteling theme park, which features Europe’s first ever rollercoaster made from wood.  The weather was fantastic and the students had a wonderful day exploring all the rides on offer.  A number even dared to go on the Baron rollercoaster which featured a 37.5m free fall drop and reaches speeds of 90km/h. It was certainly not for the faint hearted.  By the end of the day the students filled full of excitement and stories from the different rides they had been on, but they certainly fell asleep quite quickly when it was time for lights out.
The final day saw us travel to the centre of Amsterdam for our last stop at the Zoo.  The students had great fun taking part in the selfie competition with prizes for the best selfie with an animal.  Once again the gift shop certainly proved to be a big hit with a number of students buying the shop’s stock of Emu puppets. The journey home was certainly a lot quieter than the one going out, but still finished with another musical rendition of The Greatest Showman.
Over the whole trip the students were impeccably behaved and a real credit to the school.  We received a number of compliments from the museums we visited and the coach driver regarding the students’ excellent behaviour and manners.
By Mrs Debbage, Head of Science