Science Fair 2019
Lower 4th scientists presented their fascinating projects at the annual St Benedict’s Science Fair, held in British Science Week.
St Benedict’s Year 8 pupils have been working on their projects in biology, chemistry and physics lessons over several weeks, devising and conducting experiments, and carefully recording their results and conclusions. They all enthusiastically explained their methods and findings, and offered some hands-on participation to children from local junior schools, including St Benedict's Junior School. Everyone discovered interesting facts and found out about things such as Can your food charge your phone? Do video games affect your reaction time and cognitive ability? Does the colour of food affect the taste? Is there a link between gender and colour preference? Which colour flames are the hottest?
Mrs Sarah Marais, the Fair's organiser and Biology teacher at St Benedict's, said: "The Science Fair was an opportunity for our Year 8 pupils to investigate a topic which interested them. The task was to design a test, conduct their investigations and present their results to visitors and judges. The projects ranged from constructed wind turbines to the chemistry of setting gelatine. The pupils had prepared a hypothesis, identified variables and tested them in the most quantifiable way possible and their presentations were fascinating!"
St Benedict’s Form 3 (Year 7) also attended the Science Fair, making notes for next year when it will be their turn to present their scientific research.