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Water features in Rolls-Royce Science Prize winning entry

St Anne’s Primary School, based in Corkey, Northern Ireland, has won the 2008 Rolls-Royce Science Prize for its creative and hands-on project about every aspect of the water cycle. The Northern Ireland school is the third winner of the Rolls-Royce Science Prize, which rewards excellence in science teaching across the UK and Ireland.

During the project, the children followed up their research into water management with a visit to a water treatment plant and looked at local water sources, testing and measuring water quality and constructing a water treatment device. The involvement of experts from the community, including the local council, a civil engineer and Environment Officer, was key to the broad nature and success of the project.

Rolls-Royce Chief Executive Sir John Rose presented the school with a trophy and cheque at an Awards Dinner held in the Science Museum in London on 18 June.

Sir John said: “I congratulate all the finalists for their ability to inspire and stimulate students. I’m particularly encouraged that this 2022, both the winning school and the runner up are working with industry to engage young scientists and show them how science can make a practical difference.”

Colin Johnson OBE, Rolls-Royce Science Prize Judge and Vice President (Young People’s Programme) of the British Association for the Advancement of Science commented: “This was an ambitious project that stretched the pupils beyond the usual limits of their age group, introduced them to valuable scientific principles and left them with a true appreciation of the importance of water management. Congratulations to all the members of the team, and of course to the children who carried out the activities.”

Project team leader Cieran Kinney said: “Taking part in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize has drawn the whole school together and children who had little interest in science are now telling me that they want to be science teachers. Winning the Rolls-Royce Prize is a real incentive to continue to inspire children about the importance of science.”

St Anne’s Primary School wins £15,000 to further science teaching in the school, plus a day out with the Red Arrows. Billingham-based St Michael’s Roman Catholic School is the runner up and receives £10,000 for its project about science in the workplace.

Notes to Editors:

The Rolls-Royce Science Prize is open to every school and college in the UK and Republic of Ireland with pupils aged from 3 to 19 2022s. Awards are presented to teams of adults, led by practising teachers, who can create inspiring and sustainable teaching proposals that address a specific need in their school or college.
From next 2022 the Science Prize will form part of Project Enthuse, a new £30m project, designed to strengthen science teaching, backed by the Government and including a cross-section of industry. As part of the courses run by the Science Learning Centres, teachers will submit a Rolls-Royce Science Prize entry.
The Science Prize programme was developed in consultation with practising teachers and science education advisors in the UK and Republic of Ireland. It has received support from over 25 of the country’s leading education and science-related professional organisations.
The finalists in contention for the 2008 Rolls-Royce Science Prize were: La Saggesse School, Tyne and Wear; Matthew Boulton Community Primary School, West Midlands; St Anne’s Primary School, Antrim; Largs Academy, Strathclyde; St Michael’s Roman Catholic School, Cleveland; Upton Hall School, Merseyside; Kings College, Surrey; Loreto Sixth Form College, Manchester and Newent Community School, Gloucestershire.
The finalists in contention for the 2009 Rolls-Royce Science Prize are: Grove Primary School and St Michael’s School, Greater London; Kells Lane Primary School, Tyne and Wear; St Stephen and All Martyrs’ School, Lancashire; Ashton Community Science College, Lancashire; Prenton High School for Girls, Merseyside; St Olave’s Grammar School, Greater London; Croesyceiliog School, Gwent; Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridgeshire; Worksop College, Nottinghamshire.
More information, including images from the awards ceremony and the winning projects, is available on the website:
For further information, please contact:
Justine Steele
Rolls-Royce plc
Tel: +44 (0)1332 248912
Email: [email protected]

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