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Record registrations for Big Science Event

Wednesday 8th February 2017

The Science Oxford Big Science Event, our flagship science competition for primary schools, has seen a significant increase in registrations this year – a great indicator that the 2017 competition will be our biggest and best yet.

Eighty-two schools across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire will be taking part in the competition that encourages 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’.

The Big Science Event sees pupils work in small teams on a 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 a combination of surveys, fair test comparisons, research or data collection over a longer period.

The competition culminates in an exciting Finals Day where pupils present their projects as part of a day of interactive science activities. The competition is generously sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care and Playforce, who provide the winning prize of £1500 worth of playground equipment.

Cathy Sturrock, Head of Education, says, “We have been running the Big Science event since 2010 and its exciting to see such an increase in registrations this year. We are glad that so many schools want to get involved. I’m especially happy that we have thirteen more Buckinghamshire schools taking part – its shows that interest in the Big Science Event is spreading.”


The 2016 winners were:


Winners – Holmer Green Junior School with their investigation into ‘Does the make of a balloon affect the strength?

Runners-up – St Nicholas C of E Combined School, Taplow and Widmer End Combined School


Winners – West Oxford Community Primary school for their investigation on ‘Does the temperature of a ball affect its bounce?’

Runners-up – Haddenham Community Junior School, Orchard Meadow Primary school and Stanford in the Vale Primary school

Find out more about the Big Science Event here.


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