A competition to encourage creative science through pupil-led investigations
We believe that giving pupils more ownership of their science investigations can really engage and motivate them. It enables them to see science as something genuinely creative and exploratory and this can help with effective teaching and learning of ‘working scientifically’.
Pupils, of any year group, work in small teams on the science investigation of their choice – it can be as part of a school science week, science club, science lesson or even as a homework project. Investigations might involve any combination of surveys, fair test comparisons, research or data collection over a longer period of time.
The competition culminates in an exciting Finals Day where pupils present their projects as part of a day of interactive science activities.
We have been running the Big Science Event since 2010 and can provide support to schools and teachers, including a twilight CPD session (free for Member Schools) to provide practical ideas and techniques for managing the process of pupil-led investigation.
School Resources 2017
Download Primary Science Article
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Competition Timetable 2017
Registration is now closed.
Carry out investigations and produce posters.
All investigations to be completed for in-school judging (e.g. by your science coordinator or an invited STEM Ambassador).
The winning team(s) from your school goes forward to the Cluster Judging.
Schools with at least 150 pupils taking part in the Big Science Event may select up to two winning teams and schools with at least 250 pupils taking part may select up to three winning teams.
Cluster judging organised by Science Oxford
Pupils will be expected to use their posters to present their investigation confidently to the judges and answer any questions the judges may have.
Selected teams go forwards to the Finals Day
Finals Days in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Finalists will be required to bring their poster, give a presentation and answer questions about their investigations.
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Big Science Event
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