There was a real University Challenge last week for more than 300 young scientists who took part in the GLF Science Fair at the University of Surrey. Students presented their science projects to roaming judges who viewed the displays and questioned the children on their research and discoveries.
Schools from the multi-academy GLF Trust had each held their own school science fair to choose a winning project and runner-up for this final university showdown to find the very best! “The standard of children’s science projects this year were exceptionally high. It was amazing to see so many excited and engaged children enjoying science and sharing their love of this awesome subject with others,” said Tom Holloway, GLF Primary Science Leader and Ogden Teacher Fellow. Sophia Bristow, of Merstham Primary School, was named as the Key Stage 1 Primary Scientist of the Year for her project which used science to test out hygiene. She put ‘germs’ on the hands of a boy and a girl and watched them spread after the young man failed to wash his hands. Sophia concluded that hand-washing is really important!
The KS2 winner was Max Barr of Salfords Primary School with a project on how to make gases at home; the KS3 winners were Faith Walker, Poppy Wigley and Elsie Wright from The Beacon Secondary School with their project on the taste of coffee. The event was held at the University of Surrey – university professor, Jim Al Khalili was one of the keynote speakers along with Jo Fox, US Space Ambassador and head of Spacefund. Many other organisations and businesses supported the event with interactive, hands-on displays and presentations which really engaged the children. “The event would not have been possible without the support of so many, including Pfizer, Atkins, SES Water, Pirbright Institute and Electronic Arts,” confirmed Mr Holloway.