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St Thomas More

Catholic School

Science Fair 2018

On Wednesday, 14 March 2018, we hosted our second annual Science Fair!

At the fair, pupils presented to parents, fellow pupils, governors and special guests projects and experiments they had spent the previous months preparing. Their science projects taught pupils invaluable skills in research and communication, as well as experience in enquiry-based learning.

The evening began with an opening song, ‘The Big Bang Song’ sung by Katrina Seemungal and Khouloude Laktb.  We also had band performances by Lucas Nogueira Alborghetti on the drums, Mattia Passaro on Bass guitar and Maximino Marques Ramos on the acoustic guitar who were all fantastic. The stunning performances were a great start to this year’s Fair. As well as the exhibitions on show, the school held a minute’s silence to remember Professor Stephen Hawking who sadly passed during Science Week. 

We had 59 exhibits this year: in Biology we saw DNA being extracted from different types of fruits; the chemistry behind ice cream making and how water can be filtered. Physics projects included rockets and other projects included investigating elephant toothpaste, drawing robots, living on Mars, growing bacteria and black holes.


The judges had a very difficult choice to make but in the end, they chose the following winners: 

1st Place : Kim Ly (9BK1) and Mannab Berhanu (9BK1) - Laminar Flow


2nd Place: Sorcha Gotthjalpsen (7MC2) and Chloe Turner (7KL1) -  Solar Oven


3rd Place:  Viktoria Skubik (8DX1) and Lydia Mesfin (8DX1) - Heart Valves

On the evening, the science department received wonderful feedback from guests, including:
“Excellent! I really enjoyed looking at the various stalls and listening to the students describe and explain the concepts and experiments. I learned quite a bit! Please feedback to the science students who took part that they should be proud of themselves for the event. Thanks to the teachers and staff who organised the event also.”

“The event was excellent, I can clearly see that your students all work very hard to put this event together. The students prepared a variety of different projects related to their key subjects and they were all very interesting! Thank you to all the staff who made this event possible. Many thanks again.”

One of our school Governors, Michael Thornhill, attended the Fair and thought the event wonderful, “I visited the Science Fair and stayed till the end.  I was very impressed by the whole experience.  I visited most of the stands and spoke to a large number of future scientists.  I was very impressed by their knowledge and enthusiasm and their use of the English language.  I wish to congratulate all involved.”

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