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Being scientific and creative

Budding boffins headed for Glebelands School for its annual Community Science week.

More than 350 pupils from 14 different infant and primary schools competed in a science and maths challenge.

They spent the week taking part in a fun and exciting event to design and build a bridge made mainly from pasta.  The pupils had to produce a bridge that spans a gap of 50cm, which was then tested to see how much mass it could hold.

"Many interesting and original designs were produced and pupils really enjoyed watching their bridges tested to destruction", said Assistant Headteacher, Debbie Russell.  "It is amazing how many different designs could be created simply from three types of pasta and a lot of sticky tape."

The week saw pupils competing in five sessions with a bronze, silver and gold medal position in each, culminating in a presentation evening for the pupils on the Thursday.

Glebelands Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in an inter-form challenge on the Friday, completing the same activity.

Some 80 Year 9 pupils helped over the four days supporting the competitors with the challenge.

"It was great to see them all really getting involved and encouraging their teams to be scientific and creative", said Ms Russell.  "They were an absolute credit to Glebelands School and it would not be possible to run such a successful event without them."

As a Science and Maths Specialist College, Glebelands School is committed to promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and this is the focus of the Community Science Week.

"The overall aim is to hopefully inspire future generations of scientists and engineers by starting this sort of problem solving work at an early age," added Ms Russell.

Source - Surrey Times