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International conference, the start of something bigger…!

Dr Ken Zetie of St Paul’s School welcoming students from three continents to the conference!

My apologies for lack of posts recently, getting back to the UK and back into the classroom was quite a shock to the system, trying to distil all the great stuff I’ve seen a rather large task. However, my excitement has not been dampened, especially in the build up to the St Paul’s School International Science Conference which took place on Friday 10th March.

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Vibrant poster session - including the poster via skype experiment.

Enthusiastic young scientists mixing with academics and industry representatives at the two poster sessions.

 

 

 

Three continents, 5 countries, a host of people from schools, universities, industry and education were all present to hear some fantastic talks by students about their original research and the poster session was incredible including an experiment from Princeton International School of Science and Math in presenting via skype.

The atmosphere was truly special with everyone excited to be there, to be presenting and, the key thing for me, following a talk by Lori Harvey of Hitachi USA, students networking and developing contacts from their peers around the world. There will definitely be much to come out of this, including ideas for collaborative projects between schools from different countries and an International forum for the development of science research in schools that will come up with solutions to issues of funding, logistics and challenges of continuity of projects year on year.

 

Congratulations to North Penn high school, firstly for getting their fantastic team of students over to London for the event, but also for winning a prize, the best group presentation!

The winning North Penn team presenting their work

The winning North Penn team presenting their work

Update:

I have been hearing that small networks have already been springing up for example a structural colour Instagram group between various schools – this is by students for students, the teachers are very much out of the picture!

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