Lights, camera and action for Academy pupils

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Students from the Barnes Wallis Academy in Tattershall have earned high praise after taking part in a science documentary hosted by Professor Stephen Hawking.

Posed with the question ‘Why Are We Here?’, 150 students took part in the experiment, which was filmed in the grounds of Tattershall Castle.

The documentary has been put together by a Hollywood-based production company.

And there’s every chance the students will appear on TV.

The students were tasked with acting out the movements of the universe just by stepping right or left, in order to represent Hugh Everett’s ‘many worlds theory’.

The documentary, called Genius, will air on National Geographic and PBS later this year.

Jess Johnson, a student from the Barnes Wallis Academy, said: “This is an amazing experience.

“To be part of a science series presented by Stephen Hawking and produced by a Hollywood director doesn’t happen every day!”

Faran Ismailpour, Assistant Producer of Genius, commented: “Every member of the bigger bang team as well as the Tattershall staff were blown away by how disciplined and amazing the students behaved during the demo.”

Emma Day, Assistant Principal and Head of Science at Barnes Wallis Academy, added: “This was a fantastic experience for our students, they thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the experiment.

“It was incredible to see them acting out quantum physics in real life.”

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