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SUMMERHILL SCHOOL - NATIONAL WINNER OF EPSRC SCIENCE RACE 2001

Added: (Fri Mar 30 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Summerhill School from the West Midlands is the national winner of the Science Race 2001 on-line quiz, which took place in two rounds on March 16 and 23. The 11-16 year old Summerhill students raced against the clock to answer 20 science questions, just winning the second round against stiff competition.

Organised by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the live quiz was held during National Science Week and is part of a series of science race activities which include a web building contest and cyber-debating opportunities. This year, the Science Race 2001 website achieved 414,000 hits with students spending 30 per cent more time on the site than in 2000 whilst the number of schools registered this year has risen by 20 per cent on last year.

Geoff Moore, EPSRC’s Head of Public Awareness, said:

“Congratulations to Summerhill. It was a very close competition requiring scientific skill and organisational flair. I can see from the many photos we have received that it was also a lot of fun. Congratulations are also due to the 12 regional winners across the UK. However, the game goes on and students who missed the quiz can still register for the web-building contest.”

Dr Peter Radley, UK chairman of Alcatel, a leading telecommunications company supporting the on-line race for the second year, commented:

“It’s encouraging to see such high numbers of students taking part. As a leading employer in the technology sector, we feel a strong responsibility to nurture young scientists to ensure the future of our industry. I am also delighted a team of 14 and 15 year old girls should show the way for everyone else.”

The winning national and regional schools will receive state-of-the-art telecommunications equipment provided by Alcatel at an award ceremony to be held in May. For the web-building competition, schools are invited to build websites that highlight the changing face of engineering in the 21st century. Schools short-listed for the web-building award will be invited to a major event in September at the start of Science Year. Students wishing to register can obtain information from the Science Race 2001 website www.epsrc-sciencerace.net

For the first time, the Science Race will also include cyber-debates, giving young people the opportunity to interrogate leading scientists on controversial subjects from ethics in science to third generation technology.

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Issued by Prowse & Company on behalf of EPSRC

Science Race website: www.epsrc-sciencerace.net
Alcatel website: www.alcatel.com

Media enquiries:
Peter Prowse Prowse & Co, 01372 363386, e-mail peter@prowse.co.uk
Jane Kerr Prowse & Co, 01372 363386, e-mail jkerr@prowse.co.uk
Simon Goldsworthy Project Co-ordinator, 020 8994 2093,email epsrcquiz@aol.com
Geoff Moore EPSRC, 01793 444241, e-mail Geoffrey.moore@epsrc.ac.uk
Abi Connor Alcatel, 01628 428729, e-mail abi.connor@alcatel.co.uk

Note to editors
The site has been running a “best” science race team photo competition. A number of schools from different parts of the UK have posted digital photographs on the site and you can go on the site www.epsrc-sciencerace net and view those relevant to your region. Full results, including regional rankings, are also available on the website.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) promotes and supports research and skills development in engineering and the physical sciences, for the benefit of industry in the UK and the research base. It
also has the role of promoting public awareness of science, engineering and technology. It is the largest of the Government funded UK research councils, with an annual budget of around 400 million. The Schools Science Race has become one of the major highlights of its programme of activities for schools.

Alcatel builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With 130,000 employees and sales of EURO 31 billion in 2000, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet http://www.alcatel.com/

Regional winners

East Midlands: Bishop Stopford School, Kettering
Eastern Region: The Perse School, Cambridge
London: Acland Burghley, London NW5
North-East: Park View School, Chester-le-Street
North-West: Siddal Moor Sports College, Heywood
Northern Ireland: Belfast Model School for Girls
Scotland: George Watson’s College, Edinburgh
South-East: Carisbrooke High School, Isle of Wight
South-West: Victoria College, Jersey
Wales: Llantwit Major School, Vale of Glamorgan
West Midlands: Solihull School
Yorkshire and N Lincs: South Holderness, Preston, Hull

News release is available online at http://www.prowse.co.uk/newsf.html

30 March 2001

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