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Oxfordshire Primary Schools will fight it out to win Big Science Event 2018

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Teams of budding young scientists from across Oxfordshire will be competing to win £1,000 worth of brand new science-themed Playforce playground equipment for their school at the grand final of the Big Science Event 2018 on Wednesday 11th July.

The Big Science Event (BSE 2018) is a competition for primary school pupils, which asks them to create their own science experiment or investigation, and present their findings to a panel of judges. The experiment can be on any topic and previous entries have included ‘What makes snails move?’ and ‘How much air does it take to pop a banana?’ The main aim of the competition is for the children to have fun with science while learning about the experimental process at the same time.

BSE 2018 is sponsored by Abbott and Playforce.

After several months of in-school judging, X teams of children aged from 6-11 years have been shortlisted to take part in the Grand Final and prize-giving day, which will take place at Abbott’s diabetes care business manufacturing site in Witney. The teams will give presentations about the experiments they’ve been doing to the BSE 2018 judges, answer questions and display hand-made posters illustrating their findings. The initiative has grown from 17 schools and 2000 children participating in 2010 to 100 schools and over 13,000 children in 2018. The BSE 2018 celebrates its ninth anniversary this year and is co-ordinated by Science Oxford.

Andy Kensley, Head of Education at Science Oxford, says: “We’ve been extremely impressed by the talented young school scientists taking part in this year’s Big Science Event. The quality of presentations has been better than ever and it will be difficult to choose a winner. Watching the children getting excited about science, their experiments and findings and thinking like scientists is so rewarding and we look forward to supporting this initiative for many more years to come.”

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School Title
St Amands What happens when you add different liquids to yeast and flour?
Hanborough Manor Which Salt dissolves an ice cube the quickest?
Chandlings Does the 5 second rule work?
St Mary and St John What materials burn in fire?
Rye St Antony Aerodynamics (of a Lego car)
Radley C of E School Can you make bubbles different colours?
Wychwood CE Primary School Which liquid affects your teeth the most?
Wolvercote Primary School Reaction time
Madley Brook Primary School Which size aeroplane goes the furthest?
Harriers Banbury Which fruit has the strongest outer layer?
Aston Rowant C of E Primary School Which parachute stays in the air the longest?
Orchard Fields Do mirrors always reflect



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