Out of this world dis­plays by pupils

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HOW much do you weigh on Mars? Which is denser olive oil or Fairy liq­uid? Which el­e­ment lit­er­ally melts in your hands? There were some of the re­search projects bud­ding sci­en­tists at Dean Close Prep School in­ves­ti­gated over their Easter break.

At the end of last term pupils were in­vited to in­ves­ti­gate a topic, de­velop an ex­per­i­ment or chal­lenge a hy­poth­e­sis about an area of sci­ence that in­spires them. Work­ing in­di­vid­u­ally or in pairs, projects were sub­mitte cre­at­ing a colour­ful ex­hi­bi­tion of fas­ci­nat­ing concepts, which fel­low pupils vis­ited over the fol­low­ing days to learn new facts and ideas.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was judged by head of sci­ence at the prep school Daniel Fraine and head of biology at the se­nior school An­drew Martin, who said: “The amount of re­search the girls would have had to do to cre­ate this cor­rectly would have been vast. They would have also learnt a great deal along the way. This would cer­tainly make a fun re­vi­sion tool!”

Mr Fraine said: “We had more en­tries than ever be­fore and an ex­cel­lent va­ri­ety of ex­per­i­ments cov­er­ing all kinds of dif­fer­ent ar­eas of sci­ence.

“When par­ents vis­ited the ex­hi­bi­tion it was won­der­ful to hear them com­ment­ing on how well the pupils ex­plained the sci­ence be­hind each of their projects.

“Teach­ing some­one else is a very ef­fec­tive way to learn.”

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