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Schools Zone returns on Saturday

The Cambridge Science Festival Schools Zone takes place this Saturday 24 March, giving students the chance to showcase the scientific successes they have achieved at school.

The Cambridge Science Festival Schools Zone takes place this Saturday 24 March, giving students the chance to showcase the scientific successes they have achieved at school.

Teams of up to 10 students from secondary schools and sixth form colleges will be the experts for the day, displaying their science, technology, engineering or maths projects from lessons and science clubs to members of the public and members of the University of Cambridge.

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival – the UK’s largest free science festival - the Schools Zone attracted hundreds of visitors last year and received positive and enthusiastic feedback.  This year is expected to attract an even larger pool of visitors, hopeful of seeing the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians as they bring a different kind of interactive fun to the Festival.

Exhibits include the Green Goblins.  The project has introduced pupils from St Faith’s School to theoretical and practical engineering, giving them the opportunity to build, test, modify and race a battery-powered racing car. 

Students from Sawston Village College will be showcasing a number of projects such as how high energy drinks effect Daphnia (water fleas) and how tall they can build a spaghetti tower made with marshmallows. 

Meanwhile, pupils at Chesterton Community College will demonstrate their own electromotor creations and the physics that makes them work.

In their first ever visit to Schools Zone, Coton Primary School will introduce us to the secret journey of our discarded plastic.  How much difference can we make to our world’s plastic problem?

Also attending Schools Zone will be Bancrofts School, Ely College, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Kimbolton School, Swavesey Village College and St Mary’s School. 

Festival spokesperson Sue Long said: “The Schools Zone gives students the chance to show off the amazing things they are doing either in Science class or after-school activities. Last year’s Schools Zone was a huge success and we expect this year’s event to be even more exciting and inspiring."

Schools Zone will be held at the Hauser Forum on the West Cambridge Site on Saturday 24 March 2018 from 11.00am to 3pm