'Science at Home' Challenge 2020
Introduction to this year's challenge
Despite schools being closed to the majority of pupils during the last few months, we haven't let a worldwide pandemic get in the way of some excellent science! In partnership with The Francis Crick Institute and Wellcome, we changed our long-running Primary Science Challenge into a 'Science at Home' Challenge for 2020. Using the coronavirus closure as a catalyst, and working with primary school teachers across Camden, we asked pupils set free their inner scientists by doing one of the following activities:
- Create a science-based public health poster on staying healthy, e.g. washing hands, social distancing, etc.
- Share your favourite science topic with someone at home, then tell your teacher who you talked to and what science you talked about.
- Complete a science challenge set by your teacher.
Entries were submitted to primary school teachers who ran intra-school competitions to provide us with winning entries. The result: a fascinating, exciting and thorough exploration of science from the perspectives of pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6.
Showcased here are the winning entries for each participating class. Each winner will be receiving a snap electronics kit in recognition of their endeavours and to celebrate this borough-wide promotion of primary science.
This year's sponsors are:
- Dr Maria Ocampo-Hafalla, Lab Manager for Education and Science Educator, The Francis Crick Institute
- Louise Subberfield, Primary Programme Lead, Wellcome
- Niymet McCann, Head of Science Faculty, Regent High School
- Richard Harrison, Director of Community Engagement, Regent High School
The sponsors have shared their reflections on this year's challenge:
Maria said "Working scientifically and creatively as well as communicating clearly and effectively are crucial skills in addressing global challenges. I see these skills reflected in our 'Science at Home' Challenge entries, and I'm so proud of our Camden pupils, teachers and school communities for continuing to share and celebrate science in these extraordinary times. It's a pleasure and a privilege to co-sponsor this Science Challenge, and thank you for the joy of learning with you."
"Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in this year’s challenge", emphasised Louise. "The range of work shared, from topical investigations undertaken and reported by budding scientists to advisory posters and presentations of scientific understanding, was fabulous and inspiring. Well done!"
"I am very excited to review the very high standard and outstanding work from all students," explained Niymet. "Every piece of work represented has made the 'Science at Home' Challenge a very special event."
Richard noted that "The range of scientific endeavour pupils across Camden have engaged in is breathtaking. Excellent science combined with phenomenal presentation skills means that science is continuing to fire the imaginations of our children at this most difficult of times. Congratulations to everyone who entered, and to those whose work is shown here."
This website is being launched on Tuesday 16 June 2020 to coincide with the Great Science Share for School's 'Great Science Share Day', when young scientists across the world will be celebrating the discoveries they have made during this year's Great Science Share.
The schools taking part this year are:
Argyle Primary School, Brecknock Primary School, Christ Church CE Primary School NW3, Edith Neville Primary School, Fitzjohn's Primary School, Hawley Primary School, King's Cross Academy, Primrose Hill Primary School, Rhyl Primary School, Rosary Catholic Primary School, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, St Mary and St Pancras CE Primary School and Torriano Primary School.
If this celebration of primary science has whet your appetite, there are lots of resources on Wellcome’s Explorify website that will inspire home science learning. The Crick's online Discovery Week might be over now, but the resources are still available to download to provide even more ideas for making science at home fun and accessible.
Thank you to all the teachers who have made it possible for their pupils to participate in the challenge this year, and to Maria and Louise for their inspiration and dedication to young people's engagement and exploration in science.
The winning entries for each participating school are as follows. Use the links to look at the fantastic pieces of work the pupils have produced. Formats include posters, presentations, films and pieces of writing.
Argyle Primary School
- Ilham, Year 4
- Huda, Year 5
- Maeda, Year 5
- Malachi, Year 5
- Mohamed, Year 5 (film 1 and film 2)
- Mariam, Year 6 (image 1 and image 2)
Brecknock Primary School
Christ Church CE Primary School (NW3)
Edith Neville Primary School
Fitzjohn's Primary School
Hawley Primary School
King's Cross Academy
Primrose Hill Primary School
Rhyl Primary School
Rosary Catholic Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Mary and St Pancras CE Primary School
Torriano Primary School
Congratulations to all of the winners, and a big well done to all the pupils who took part.