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RECORD NUMBER OF SCHOOLS ATTEMPT TRIAL FOR SCIENCE RACE 2001

Added: (Tue Mar 13 2001)

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12 March 2001

RECORD NUMBER OF SCHOOLS ATTEMPT TRIAL FOR SCIENCE RACE 2001

A record number of schools took part last Friday in the ’dummy run’ for this year’s Schools Science Race. Sion School (Worthing), who were last year’s overall winners, achieved the highest overall score. To take the prize this year, they will have to beat hundreds of other schools in the real event, which takes place on Friday 16 March, as part of National Science Week.

Run by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to promote science to the younger generation, the Science Race includes an on-line quiz, a web building contest and a cyber debate. Prizes include state-of–the art telecommunications equipment, provided by Alcatel, the communications systems company.

Students from 11 – 16 years old will be testing their scientific knowledge against the rest of the country and the clock in round one of the live on-line quiz on Friday March 16th, with round two taking place on Friday March 23rd. For the first time this year, there will be regional as well as national prizes.

The Schools Science Race has been set up to show students that science can be interactive, exploratory, relevant, creative and fun. A team from the BBC Tomorrow’s World programme will also be taking part. Schools interested in registering should visit the web site www.epsrc-sciencerace.net.

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Issued by Prowse & Company on behalf of EPSRC. For further information, contact Jane Kerr on 01372 363386. A list of schools taking part is on the web site.


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