Science is centre of attention in Bradford on Avon
12:22pm Friday 1st March 2013 in News
Children from schools across Bradford on Avon displayed projects and competed for prizes at a science fair at the Wiltshire Music Centre.
Fitzmaurice Primary School, Christchurch Primary School, Winsley CofE School, Westwood with Iford Primary School and Freshford Primary School, took part in the event, which encourages pupils to use their imagination and enthusiasm.
Organiser Anastasia Thomas, of Staverton, said: “It was a big event, but still had a community feel. The children were really engaged. This is a huge learning experience for them and there is room for more events like this.”
Children from Year one to six had up to three months to come up with a question to investigate and construct a prediction of the result before doing experiments.
Grace Lineko, seven, of Winsley School, tried to find out why glo-sticks did not last very long and discovered that it depended on temperatures.
Her mother, Helen Lineko of Winsley, said: “She was busy all day, trying to get children guessing which temperature water the glow sticks were in, but she really enjoyed it and learned lots of new terms.
“This has exposed her to science and was good for her confidence. She already has some ideas for next year.”
Eight judges picked winners for each year group and handed out trophies and prizes, including Longleat and Mostly Media vouchers, a tour of the Moulton Bicycle Company factory and a book signed by Brian Clegg, a local science author.
All participants got a certificate of achievement and a poster.
Mrs Thomas said: “The judges were very good at interacting with the children, asking them questions and giving them a chance to talk about projects.”
Mrs Thomas launched the fair last year, because she thought there was not enough science for primary school children.
She held it at Winsley School, which her two daughters attend, but has been able to expand to other schools and a larger venue.
She added that she was open to ideas and interest for next year.