The Two Faces of Science

Thursday, 13 March 2008


More than 100 school children from across the region visited Oxford Brookes for a University Challenge-style contest in National Science Week (7-16 March).

More than 100 school children from across the region visited Oxford Brookes for a University Challenge-style contest in National Science Week (7-16 March).

The finals were part of an exciting day designed to enthuse young people about science organised by the local MKOB Aimhigher Partnership.

Scientists from Brookes and Reading universities led five innovative and interactive workshops covering various science themes as part of 'The Two Faces of Science' event.

The sessions included: ‘Survival of the fittest? Would you survive on the Galapagos islands’; ‘Isolation of DNA from cheek cells’; 'Cryptography’; ‘Robots: working as a team to build the best robot for the job’; and ‘Basic Techniques in Sports Science, looking at the effect exercise has on our heart rate and the amount of oxygen we need.’

The afternoon saw the finals of Science Challenge, a team competition for children aged 13-14 years, with Denbigh School in Milton Keynes winning the contest.

The other finalists included Didcot Girls’ School and St Gregory the Great in Cowley, Chesham Park Community College in Buckinghamshire plus four teams from Berkshire.

Other schools attending the event, along with the Science Challenge finalists, included: Oxford Community School, Peers School in Oxford, St Birinus in Didcot, Holmer Green Senior School in High Wycombe and Burnham Upper School near Slough.

Event organiser, Trudy Ing, said: "The Science Challenge was a great success, encouraging a team approach and the pooling of scientific knowledge. The day was about making science fun and inspiring young people to think about taking their science studies further in the future."