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One day educational event aims to develop science skills
Over 50 Primary school children from seven local primary schools attended AWE’s annual Chain Reaction Challenge on Friday 10th July.
The one day event was held at Tadley Community Centre and encourages primary schools (aged between nine and 11) to develop a passion for science by tasking them to design and construct a ‘chain reaction device’, using only classroom and household objects.
The Chain Reaction Challenge is run every year by a group of AWE graduates.
This year, the first challenge tested investigation skills of the pupils from years five and six. They were asked to take part in a ‘Who Dunnit’ activity solving a robbery; code breaking, taking finger prints and using chromatography.
The judging was carried out by several people including The Mayor of Basingstoke and Dean, Anne Court; Peter Morton, AWE Director of Finance, Gary Butler, AWE Director of Assurance; AWE’s Professor Andrew Randewich and Dr Duncan Broughton, project sponsor of the Chain Reaction.
The first place trophy was awarded to Brimpton CofE Primary, in Newbury, who received a voucher to purchase specialist school science equipment for £500. Second place and a voucher for £300 went to Calcot Primary, in Reading; third place went to North Waltham in Basingstoke, together with a voucher for £100.
Other schools which took part were: Kingsclere C of E Primary School, Kingsclere; Oakridge Junior School, Basingstoke; Sherborne St John C of E Primary School, Basingstoke; Sonning Common Primary School, Reading; Springfield Primary School, Tilehurst.
With its thriving schools programme AWE works actively with local schools to foster and inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane Anne Court said
“It’s so important for business to be involved in the local community. This day has been inspirational for the students and given them the opportunity to get hands on experience of science. The children have all been very enthusiastic”.
Winning Brimpton Primary school teacher Nick O’Connor said
“The children have had a fantastic day. This event goes beyond science. The day has involved problem solving, collaborative working and reinforced the importance of resilience”.
Year 6 Pupil from Brimpton Primary Ollie Webber commented
“ I have learnt a lot about science, it has been so much fun. I especially enjoyed the egg drop experiment”.