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Primary school science challenge preparations start.
Five Berkshire schools are preparing for the Primary school science challenge, taking place on the July 1st at the Organic Research Centre in Hampstead Marshall. The challenge, sponsored by AWE and organised by educational charity, EBPWB is a long term project to raise the profile of science in the classroom.
AWE visited Calcot Primary school in Reading, one of the five schools participating in the challenge last week (May 21st) where, volunteer scientists and engineers from AWE worked with the pupils to demonstrate science in action. The Calcot year 6 pupils had the opportunity to get involved with a variety of science experiments; including looking at the amount of oxygen in the air and investigating how spacemen cope with the lack of air in space. Following the demonstrations, the pupils were invited to develop their own experiments which will show a scientific idea or solve a scientific problem.
The final science challenge will include teams from 5 schools; Calcot Primary School, St Mary’s Church of England Burghfield, Bucklebury Primary Church of England, Welford and Wickham Church of England school and Curridge Primary school and teams will present their experiments to a panel of AWE judges.
Lesley Stewart, Project Officer, Education Business Partnership West Berkshire comments:
“Education Business Partnership, are thrilled to be working with AWE and five West Berkshire Primary schools on this exciting science challenge. The students who have participated so far, have had brilliant hands on practical experience, working with scientists from AWE. Students are now devising their own experiments, which they will then discuss with the scientists at the AWE Science Challenge Final, on the 1st July”.
Nian Chughtai, Team Leader and Year 6 teacher said “ These sessions are incredibly important, they reinforce and apply knowledge in real life context. Activities like these provide an important positive attitude to science learning, and definitely develops the students curiosity. This has been a wonderful experience which captured the imagination of the children and was enjoyed by all of them. When are AWE coming back again?”
Year 6 pupil Max Patient aged 11 said “I have learnt so much. It has been so much fun, it was brilliant to get involved in the experiments. I especially enjoyed watching the fizz of the chemical reactions. When I am older I want to join the police and work in forensic science”.
Ellen Burbedge aged 11 said
“I really enjoyed doing the experiments, it was very different from our normal lessons. It has been interesting to find out about different things in science”.
Notes to Editors
Ref: PR 24.15