Media release - 29/4/2009
St Andrews School Wins £1,000 for Getting LOST During National Science and Engineering Week
National Science and Engineering Week Winners Cash In On Creative Events The Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) this week awarded £1000 each to the four overall winners of the National Science and Engineering Week Event Awards. The ETB and the British Science Association established the prestigious cash awards to encourage imaginative and inspiring entries to National Science and Engineering Week St Andrew's Primary School, The University of Bath, Southampton University and Judith Wardlaw of Thomas Hardy School all off beat off stiff competition to win the inaugural ETB awards for the following events:
Best School Event
St Andrew’s Primary School in Halstead, Essex for ‘The Whole School is LOST’
Best Science Event
University of Bath for ‘Bath Taps into Science’
Best Engineering Event
University of Southampton for Science and Engineering Day
Judith Wardlaw of Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester
The Best School Event, organised by St Andrew’s School in Halstead and titled L.O.S.T (Lots of Science and Technology) featured a scenario in which children and teachers were lost on a desert island and had to use science, technology and maths to improve their living environment, collect water, find food, shelter and fire and generally survive.
The Best Science Event, Bath Taps into Science was a hands on science fair at the University of Bath and in the centre of Bath involving local children and scientists chilling out with liquid Nitrogen, Lego robotics, kitchen chemistry, recycling, mathematical origami and maths magic, as well as getting stuck into slime, and generally seeing how science makes sense of a complex world.
The Best Engineering Event took place at Southampton University, featuring seven themed activity zones including Space, Technology, Life, Transport, Construction, Light, and Chemistry, whilst the Outstanding Contribution award went to Judith Wardlaw at Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester for a range of events including 'Meet the Engineers' event, and 'A sea change?'.
Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Technology Board, said: ‘The ETB was delighted to with the sheer quality and imaginative genius of this year’s national science and engineering week events. St Andrew’s Primary School, The University of Bath, Southampton University and Judith Wardlaw of Thomas Hardye School should all be immensely proud of what they have achieved, entertaining and informing children and adults alike in the wonders of science and engineering.’
Mathematics professor Chris Budd from one of the winning teams at University of Bath said: “Bath Taps is a true team effort and we are all delighted that it has won this award.
Work starts for the festival a year in advance and it takes the dedication and inspiration of dozens of enthusiastic volunteers to make it happen.”
Notes to Editors
About National Science and Engineering Week
National Science and Engineering Week is coordinated by the British Science Association, funded by DIUS (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills), in partnership with the ETB (Engineering Technology Board) and is made possible by the hard work and effort of hundreds of event organisers around the country. Some 2,000 events will take place across the UK,celebrating science, engineering and technology and their importance in our lives. The programme is hugely varied with an eclectic mix suitable for people of all ages and abilities.