Engineering and medicine are two very popular disciplines for students in the Sixth Form considering their future options, and Kinetics Society and Medics Society respectively cater for these interests. Both launched again this month, to students here at DCGS and also at the High School.

Kinetic Society

Founded three years ago, the relatively new Kinetic Society is going from strength to strength. Current co-ordinator Tom Garry in Year 13 has a number of exciting tasks in store for members - over 50 this year - extending on from projects last year as well as introducing completely new ideas.

The opening challenge of the year saw us working with the classic building materials of spaghetti and marshmallows. In teams of five, a 100g mass had to be raised as far off the table as possible. The winning team (pictured) used a structure of triangles to support their mass almost half a metre above the desk.

We also had the opportunity to listen to a talk from Laura Webber, who is currently studying in her third year at university. Laura spent her last year working for the Mercedes F1 team as part of their aerodynamics workforce. Laura was instrumental in designing a number of parts for new Mercedes cars and has contributed to the team's success this season. It was fascinating to see where engineering can take you even before you graduate from university. The group also got the chance to ask questions at the end of the presentation to further deepen their knowledge of the working engineering world.

Medics Society

Recommended for any prospective doctors, nurses, surgeons, vets and dentists in the Sixth Form, Medics Society offers an array of speakers for students to hear and take advice from, ranging from a facial surgeon who worked in Africa to the UK's most successful dentist. The opening speaker this year was Dr Brenda Cross, the Sub-Dean and Admissions Tutor at University College London (UCL).

Dr Cross has been handling and viewing medical applications to UCL for many years, and was kind enough to impart some of her wisdom on such matters, including discussing the plagiarising checking system that universities employ, and the sort of work experience that is recommended for students considering a medicine career path. Dr Cross peppered here highly informative talk with some amusing anecdotes, such as the eighty percent plagiarised personal statement, with the applicant claiming, 'We did the same work experience,' to a rather arrogant young man who, at interview, essentially gave a lecture on why he will be accepted into the university, and how he would be doing the university a favour with his presence. Needless to say, both were denied access.

Overall, we would like to thank Dr Brenda Cross for her indispensable wisdom and guidance, and we look forward to a year of similarly distinguished and interesting speakers.