This was the fourth Science Fair that we had held for the Year 8 leavers. Since their return from their trip to France Year 8 have been working in small groups on independent science projects, investigating an area of science that appealed to them. This year the variety of projects was extraordinary, ranging from making slime, launching match head rockets and finding out the quickest way to move an After Eight chocolate mint from your forehead to mouth!
Within a relatively short time each group had to organise their equipment, carry out the experiment, collect and interpret results and produce a display board. The display boards allowed the pupils to show their understanding of the projects and principles of scientific investigation.
At the fair each group had to discuss their project with our judging panel of senior school science department heads: Dr Chris Flaherty, Head of Science from Cokethorpe, Mrs Phaedra Gowen, Housemistress at St Edward’s, Oxford, Dr Alix Waine, Head of Chemistry and Mrs Louise Carter, Housemistress and Head of Biology, both from Stowe. The judges were really impressed by the originality of the projects and enthusiasm of our pupils when describing what they had done and found out. The display boards were well presented and provided a visual reminder of what had been done. As always the judges made suggestions and pointers on how the projects could have been improved, but all the pupils spoke with confidence about variables, fair testing and what investigations they would like to do in the future.
Best overall project:
How Haribo sweets, RedBull and exercise affect the rate of reaction?
Lara Capps, Nathan McAvoy, Nora MW and Sasha Wolcough
Best display board:
How temperature and age affect how quickly you can move an After 8 chocolate mint from your forehead to mouth.
Ollie Samuel, Lizie Birch and Amelia Stevens
Best verbal presentation:
How different volumes of glue affect the bounciness of a ball
Luca Malikov, Josh Tate and Hugo Lawson
Mr King and I were delighted with the way in which all the pupils approached the challenge and worked diligently into their last week at Pinewood. All deserve congratulations for their efforts. Well done! We are also extremely grateful to our judges for coming to Pinewood and putting the children through their paces. We hope that the Science Fair experience is one of the many special Pinewood memories that the children take with them as the leave us for the challenges of senior school.