Inspiration from Bancroft’s scientists for primary school pupils

Bancroft's School

Bancroft's School - Credit: Archant

Education news from West Essex: Scientists visited Bancroft’s School’s annual Primary Science Fair and inspired all the students there

Bancroft’s School’s annual Primary Science Fair, which takes place in National Science Week, has become an anticipated feature in the calendar of the spring term. The year 12 scientists work hard to think up new ideas for their stalls and this year saw a fantastic set of 18 displays each based on explaining a different aspect of science to visitors from year 5 and 6 from a whole range of local primary and prep schools.

As well as entertaining and educating its visitors -we had almost 400 this year- the stalls are in fierce and friendly rivalry to be judged the best. Judging this year was by Head, Mrs Ireland, and Second Deputy Academic, Mr Dixon, who were impressed by the originality and enthusiasm shown by the Bancroft’s pupils. They awarded first prize to Hydrogels (Mahnu Bhabutta, Prashan Clare, Sayon Uthayakumar and Matthew Willougby); this stall was really impressive and the judges particularly commented that it had the most complete storyline of the science on display. The visiting pupils also got to vote for their favourite stall; the pupils’ choice was Slingshot Mania with Scaletrix Science a very close second. Each of the 18 stalls received some votes - every one was someone’s favourite!

As well as the stalls, the pupils all visited our labs for activities based around physics (making rockets and then launching them on the school field), biology (making necklaces with their own DNA) and chemistry (an exciting “Fire and Fizz” display). The children left buzzing about the afternoon’s activities and, we hope, inspired by the science on display.

Mr Bezant, the Science Coordinator at Aldersbrook School described this as ‘An excellent afternoon, the children are genuinely enthused and it has peaked their interest in all things scientific.’

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