Despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic and the chaos of cancellations and remote learning, this term saw the results of the hard work of Year 13 scientists presented at Eton’s second annual STEM Symposium.

Three groups took the stage to present their projects, which are the culmination of a year’s work from the beginning of Year 12 and delivered some truly thought-provoking talks. They ranged from the practical and applicable idea of building a sustainable boarding House at Eton, to less tangible yet equally just concepts of quantum mechanics, such as quantum teleportation and what constitutes a ‘noon state’.

The projects were meticulously researched, evidenced by the ability of all the presenters to answer the audience’s many questions in a thoughtful manner and leaving no stone unturned.

Indeed, they demonstrated the wide-ranging applications of an education in STEM, and the importance of pursuing scientific and mathematical investigations outside of the classroom.

The STEM committee would like to thank Dr Hallwood for his hard work in making this event possible, and to all of the beaks who dedicated their time to helping the boys with their year-long projects. With over 50 boys in Year 12 beginning their own projects this term, the future for STEM at Eton looks bright indeed.

Congratulations to this year’s researchers:

  • Non-Destructive Testing – life-saving technologies which identify defects in jet engines and nuclear reactors
  • Quantum Dynamics – quantum behaviour of ultra-cold atoms, ranging from teleportation of atoms to noon states
  • Sustainable Boarding House – designing an ideal boarding House at Eton to reduce its environmental impact