Now in its fifth year, the Leamington Spa Ogden Primary Science Fair took place last month at Warwick University, organised by Jane Catto (Teacher, Briar Hill Infant School) and Ally Caldecote (Outreach Officer, Warwick).
“Once again, the children surpassed themselves with projects on topics from space to slime, and much much more besides!” explains Jane who runs the Leamington Spa Ogden Primary Partnership. “Models of spiralling DNA, samples of live cress and gummy bear sweets in a variety of solutions were all set up in the lecture theatre as the children excitedly prepared to talk about their investigations.”
Approximately 1,000 students from 10 local schools took part in school science fairs, presenting their projects, ideas and investigations to teachers and class mates. The best projects from each year group were selected from each school and over 100 winning children presented their projects at Warwick University at the end of last term. The science fair judges made up of scientists and educationalists spoke to each of the young scientists who explained their theories and findings.
Ally Caldecote said: "It is a delight and a privilege to welcome these budding scientists to the University. It is clear to see the tremendous time and effort that has gone into these projects as well as the careful consideration they have given to their science investigations. My judging panel are always bowled over by the understanding and determination of the children that they meet, and we are certain that we will meet some of these students again, maybe studying science here at the University!"
Jane said: "It's fantastic to watch the process unfold. From gathering teachers to plan and launch the school-based science fairs, through enthusing the children to take part and involve family members in their science learning, to now getting to celebrate the winners and really give them a taste of a potential career in science. They will never forget this day!"
Each winner received a medal to proudly display, or a personalised winners’ teddy – for children in EYFS. All children also received a certificate and left the University happily wearing their shiny science medals.
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