Junior scientists shortlisted

Aspiring scientists from St Aloysius’ College Junior School in Glasgow were delighted to have been shortlisted in a national science competition for schools. The pupils from classes P1, P2 and P3 entered a home-made film about finding beauty in science, which reached the shortlist in the 2014 Bill Bryson Science Prize. Entries were invited to address creatively the questions Where is the art in science? Or Where is the science in art?

The video entry from the young Aloysians made it to the final judging stage for the 2014 Bill Bryson Science Prize, which is an award of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), designed to encourage students to think creatively about science. This year the RSC received over 500 informative and creative entries from both primary, secondary and international school students.

Although the young Aloysians were pipped at the post by pupils from Wellow School in Hampshire, their Head of Science, Stephen McClintock said he was still delighted with the enthusiasm shown by the Junior School scientists: “The  fact that these projects have been completed at lunch times means the children have given up their own time to complete them and shown great dedication to science.” 

Other fascinating entries from St Aloysius’ Junior School included a stop motion animation about the creation of the Solar System, a magazine covering the cross-over between science and art and a study into the transit of Venus across Earth’s sky.