Young scientists rewarded
The principles of Structural Engineering or cell biology would not normally be associated with children of Primary School age, but those were among the experiments undertaken by pupils at St Aloysius Junior School in Glasgow. They were taking part in the Primary 7 Science Fair 2015, which gave them the opportunity to display their impressive knowledge and enthusiasm for science.
The judges, who included Professor Sir Harry Burns, said they had a very difficult time selecting winners out of such a strong field, as pupils showed just how engaged they are with science as a subject. In the end, they chose four winning entries which included some ingenious experiments which had never been presented before in the Science Fair’s 12 year history.
Elephants and Strawberries
The winner of Prep A was Calum McManus with "What size of lever would allow me to lift an elephant?” Kate Kelly of Prep B was recognised for extracting DNA from a strawberry; Joseph Walker took home the top prize for Prep C with his investigation into the 'Physics of Football’; whilst Mika Brett’s study into the McGurk Effect earned her first place for entries from Prep I (see below).
Stephen McClintock, the Head of Junior School Science, was delighted with the efforts of the pupils. “I am still amazed that after 12 years we are still seeing brand new experiments,” he said. “With projects spanning right across the scientific disciplines from Structural engineering to Cell biology, the pupils continue to amaze and surprise everyone with their dedication and innovation.”
The 2015 Science Fair took place at the award winning Clavius Building, where Senior Aloysians learn about Science, Mathematics and Computing. In the days following the competition, P7 pupils passed on their knowledge to fellow pupils when they toured their experiments in Junior School classrooms.
Note: According to Wikipedia, the McGurk Effect is a perceptual phenomenon that demonstrates an interaction between hearing and vision in speech perception.