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Successful Science Partnership shortlisted for TES Schools Awards 2018

Friday 20th April 2018

We are delighted that the Abingdon Science Partnership, which we have worked closely with over the past four years, has been shortlisted for the prestigious TES Schools Awards 2018 in the Community and Collaboration category.

The Abingdon Science Partnership (ASP) is a science outreach organisation supported and funded by Abingdon School and aims to encourage active participation in science across the Abingdon district and beyond. The ASP works with local primary and secondary schools; community groups such as Scouts and Guides and local organisations such as Science Oxford.

Jeremy Thomas, ASP co-ordinator, says: “I couldn’t be more proud of my team here at Abingdon School, but I am also really grateful for all that all of you have done to embrace our partnership and to work together on inspiring STEM projects.

As part of the partnership, we run our popular monthly Saturday Science Club at the Yang Science Centre at Abingdon School, offering local children and families the chance to explore science-inspired activities in a fun and creative way. It a great opportunity for us to reach and engage more people across the region. We have also collaborated with ASP on a range of family shows and adult events, from our own live-science stage demonstrations to booking brilliant national touring acts, such as The Flying Atoms.

Now celebrating their tenth year, the TES Schools Awards winners will be announced at a gala awards night at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane in London on Friday 22 June – so fingers crossed! Whatever the outcome, we look forward to many more memories and experiences made and shared through this fantastic partnership.

Look out for our events programme coming soon to Abingdon, with a very special evening of Cheeseology in the Abingdon Abbey on the 26th April with Neal’s Yard Dairy’s resident cheese expert, Bronwen Percival and food and wine columnist Francis Percival, as they take some delicious Neal’s Yard cheese and new book ‘Reinventing the wheel – milk, microbes and the real cheese revolution’ out on the road! Closely followed by Blue Planet camera-man Doug Allen on 27th April at the Amey Theatre.

Our Saturday Clubs for ages 5-9 will be experimenting with crazy-catapult contraptions at Catapults and Castles on the 28th April; we’ll be dissecting flowers and owl pellets on the 19th May for Plants, Predators and Prey and making bouncing balls and investigating plastic in Flubber, Rubber and Slime on 9th June! Check out our What’s On for a full programme.

‘Brilliant, awesome, inspirational!’ are some of the words my 10 year old daughter used to describe her experiences with Abingdon Science Partnership. From making circuits and slime at the Saturday Science Club, to Stargazing with her Brownie Pack at an evening workshop, to taking part in Royal Institution Maths lectures with her school, to meeting the famous Michael Foale and hearing about his amazing space adventure; such a wide range of events that ASP have planned and organised and which my daughter has taken part in at their excellent facilities.  

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