Show­case sci­ence ideas – but you’ll have to hurry!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Time is fast run­ning out for school pupils to show­case their dy­namic sci­ence skills at the KM Bright Spark Awards.

Nom­i­na­tions for the cross-cur­ric­u­lar scheme – which in­cor­po­rates math­e­mat­ics, ICT, de­sign tech­nol­ogy and sci­ence – will close at noon to­mor­row (Fri­day).

The awards are de­signed to make sci­ence cool for stu­dents, and urge them to in­no­vate and cre­ate.

The com­pe­ti­tion is judged in three cat­e­gories – In­no­va­tion, In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­ven­tion – and both pri­mary and sec­ondary schools are el­i­gi­ble to take part.

All en­tries will be ex­am­ined by a lead­ing judg­ing panel and the win­ning schools will be in­vited to the an­nual awards event at Dis­cov­ery Park, Sand­wich, in which they must show­case and pitch their in­ven­tions to a col­lec­tion of Dragons in a Dragons Den­style for­mat.

The over­all KM Bright Spark Awards cham­pi­ons will be awarded a £500 cash prize.

A key part­ner of the ini­tia­tive is call­ing for last-minute en­tries. Phil Gold­ing of Be­nen­den Hos­pi­tal Trust, said: “We are de­lighted to be sup­port­ing the awards, and are keen to lo­cate the sci­en­tists of the fu­ture.

“The scheme strives to get pupils ex­cited about sci­ence- based sub­jects; equip­ping them with skills and knowl­edge which could be ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial later on in life.”

Lisa Craig, events man­ager at the KM Char­ity Team which or­gan­ises the awards, said: “There is no time to waste. We be­lieve it is ex­tremely im­por­tant to en­cour­age young peo­ple to in­ves­ti­gate, in­vent and in­no­vate, and to feel com­fort­able ex­per­i­ment­ing with the skills they at­tain in the class­room.”

The KM Bright Spark Awards are backed by key part­ners Hec­tic Life­styles, Pfizer, Be­nen­den Hos­pi­tal Trust, Uni­ver­sity of Kent, Amy John­son and Herne Bay Project, and Gold­ing Vi­sion (Part of Gold­ing Homes)

To en­ter and for more information, visit www. km­char­i­tyteam.co.uk/schools/ brightspark/

Phil Gold­ing and staff at Be­nen­den Hos­pi­tal Trust are sup­port­ing the KM Bright Spark Awards

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