The formula for science success

Award-winning science students from Monkseaton Middle School.
Award-winning science students from Monkseaton Middle School.

A North Tyneside middle school has been celebrating after scooping a number of science awards and trophies.

Pupils at Monkseaton Middle School in Whitley Bay have returned with a haul of awards from The Salters Chemistry Challenge at Newcastle University and the first Big Bang Fair for primary aged children.

At the Big Bang Fair, 15 Year 6 pupils from Monkseaton Middle all showcased their projects, entering in groups of four or five.

One of the teams working on a 3D printing project won the award for best teamwork while a group working on the ‘five second rule’ challenge won a trophy for the best project. All the teams who entered were judged three times by three different judges.

Monkseaton science teacher Gillian Whitmell said: “I was so proud of our Year 6 pupils, they worked so diligently during lunch breaks to choose a project then use their excellent scientific knowledge and skills to prepare information to present to the judges.”

The school also attended the Salters Chemistry Challenge for the first time.

A group of four pupils from Year 8 travelled to Newcastle University for the day.

Fran Bell, Daire Treuman, Lewis de Silva, all 13, and 12-year-old Felix Carr, worked quickly and effectively through the forensic challenges, beating off competition from the likes of the Royal Grammar School and Westfield School for Girls.

The annual event is aimed at encouraging children to take an interest and be inspired by chemistry.