Meriden’s Game Changers and Change Makers celebrate National Science Week

29 August 2018

Meriden’s Game Changers and Change Makers celebrated all things Science during National Science Week which was held from 11 to 19 August 2018. From mathematical challenges, drones, robots and 3D virtual reality experiences, to an intriguing ‘Escape the Room’ challenge, paper plane competitions, maker-space innovations and even a ‘Science of Baking’ workshop, the week highlighted the enthusiastic involvement of Meriden girls in STEM activities.

Once again, the annual STEM Showcase highlighted the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Meriden girls as Years 8, 9 and 10 students exhibited their Science invention and experiment projects. Guest judges from various STEM fields were on hand to discuss and judge the projects, and provide insight into their own careers. Student work, from subjects such as Living in the Digital World, iSTEM, Engineering Studies, and Design and Technology, was also on display.

The winning Science inventions and experiments included Year 8 student Shirley Wang's experiment titled Sleepy Sunflower Seeds which looked at seed dormancy before germination and different treatments affecting seed dormancy; Maria Bartosh's Year 9 experiment, Stimulated Growth in an Onion, which treated onion bulbs with different vitamins to stimulate shoot growth, Effectiveness of Artificial Wetland Filtration by Year 10 student, Freja Newman, which studied the filtration of stormwater pollution by conducting a bioassay using alfalfa; and in the Year 10 Inventions category, Grace Blomfield's and Joanna Kontogiorgis's development of knee pads to protect the knees of dancers.

Above all, National Science Week provided the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the work of Meriden’s amazing Game Changers and Change Makers in the many areas of STEM. Click here to watch the video highlights.