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Student reporters in Schoolscience competition

12 September 2011


THE winners of a competition jointly run by the ASE’s learning-resource site and Primary Engineer, to teach students turned reporters about scientific career options, have been announced this month.

Students competing in the Schoolscience Special Leaders Award interviewed people with jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

The association’s Schoolscience Manager Rebecca Dixon-Watmough, said: “The competition was a great chance for students to learn more about what careers are available in STEM areas.

 “It also helped them develop their literacy and communication skills and create a valuable portfolio."

Schoolscience and Primary Engineer offered the award in association with the educational science and technology equipment providers Data Harvest

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Students aged five to 19 presented their interviews as videos, podcasts and newspaper articles on the theme of science’s value in the world. 

The overall winners received USB microscopes allowing them to explore the world on a minute scale and the runners up took home a Solar 6-in-1 Kit to create their own renewable energy.

Juhi Gupta, from Wirral Grammar School for Girls, won the 17-19 year old category after interviewing Dr Shaun Garratt and Laura Jordan, from technology and chemical industry manufacturers SAFC Hitech. The 17-year-old described Dr Garratt as “the kind of person I would aspire to become”.

Freya Oxton-Grant from St Bernadette’s CP School, Shevington, won the five to 11 year olds’ category and Andrew Goodwin from Birley Community College in Sheffield came first in the 11 to 16 year olds’ group.

A selection of the winning articles is available on the Leaders Award website and related industry and education sites and publications.

A Schoolscience Special Leaders Award competition is already being planned for next year with details to follow in the competitions' section of the Schoolscience site. 

Further information is available by contacting Harry Unsworth by e-mail at: or on 01612 050184.