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An egg-cellent scientific challenge for school pupils

Over a period of three days Glebelands School hosted its annual Community Science Week for pupils from primary schools from the area.More than 350 pupils from 13 different infant and primary schools competed in a science and maths challenge, taking part in a fun and exciting event to design and build a model cart that would protect a delicate egg from a crash down a one metre high ramp.

Students worked together in teams of five to design and build their cart with the materials available, making sure they came in under budget. The carts were then tested to see if their precious cargo would survive.

" Many interesting and original designs were produced and pupils really enjoyed watching their carts face the ultimate test - would the egg survive in one piece?" said teacher Samantha Patterson.

" It is amazing how many different designs were created using basic materials such as cups and pipe cleaners."

The week saw pupils competing in four sessions with a bronze, silver and gold medal position in each. The teams were judged on their product design, use of science, a maths challenge and, of course, whether the egg survived.

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 3 days, supporting the competitors with the challenge. 

Mrs Patterson said "It was great to see them all really getting involved, encouraging their teams to be scientific and creative."

"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 inspire future generations of scientists and engineers by starting this sort of problem solving work at an early age," added Mrs Patterson.

Mrs Samantha Patterson, Head of Mathematics

Source - Surrey Times