The Bill Bryson Prize was set up by the author Bill Bryson, who wrote 'A Short History of Nearly Everything', when the Royal Society of Chemistry bought a copy of the book for every school and college in the UK. He used the proceeds from this to set up a schools’ science communication award. His monies were matched by the Royal Society of Chemistry and his publishers. The RSC Bill Bryson Prize is designed to recognise and encourage excellent science communication in schools and colleges. The competition is open to students aged 5-18, from UK and International schools, with entries accepted in any format as long as they accurately communicate science appropriate for their chosen audience. This year’s topic was “How does science keep us healthy?”
Leigh Herrington-Doe, April Howe, Sidney Leigh, Jonah Thomas, Jasmine Wood and Charlotte Wu, from Year 11, created a short video explaining how electromagnetic and sound waves are used in a variety of processes to keep us healthy. Click here to view their video. The team of students worked together to: research the scientific material; script, act, direct and film the live action video; design and create animations; create background music and edit all this together to produce their entry, with no input from members of staff other than to provide time and equipment in the laboratories. The video was an amusing parody of old school science videos or Open University television shows that many of us may remember watching in years gone by and was aimed at a Key Stage 3 audience. “How Do Waves Keep Us Healthy” was judged to be the winner of the Secondary School category and the judges, including Bill Bryson himself, were “extremely impressed with the quality of the entry”.
The team of six will attend a prize giving ceremony, in the Autumn term, at the House of Commons, where they will receive their prize from Bill Bryson and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Mrs C Sibley