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July 31, 2018

London schoolchildren experience the life of a scientist

Over 200 London primary schoolchildren to have work published in scientific journal, celebrating the first ever ChrisXandDrake Science Award.

Launched in 2017, the ChrisXandDrake Science Award is a philanthropic initiative that aims to encourage primary schools to run their own scientific investigations with the support of an expert mentor.

This year, pupils aged 9–10 from four South London primary schools participated in the ChrisXandDrake Science Award. Supported by their mentors from Imperial College London and King’s College London, pupils selected a topic area to work on, designed their own experiments, collected results and presented their findings in posters and written reports.

The children’s projects spanned many scientific disciplines, with two classes selecting topics they felt to be of particular relevance to them, namely the effects of sugar intake on their energy levels and the presence of pollution on the school site. Other pupils decided to focus on world issues, tasking themselves with designing unsinkable ships and simple water filters.

To celebrate the first year of the ChrisXandDrake Science Award, selected pupils from each participating class were invited to present their work in a poster session held at The Institution of Engineering and Technology in London. Pupils shared their work with guests, peers and the Award’s patrons, Drs Chris and Xand van Tulleken. One mentor who has worked with children throughout the year commented, “the children had a fantastic day and loved that Chris and Xand were present. It was nice that they had the chance to show off their projects to other schools and the project team.”

The ChrisXandDrake Science Award is run by Future Science Group, an independent publisher of scientific research. To commemorate the children’s achievements, the journal Future Science OA has published a supplement containing the eight reports produced during this year’s Award. The supplement is available online at https://www.future-science.com/campaign/chrisxanddrake.

From September, the ChrisXandDrake Science Award plans to build on the success of its inaugural year by continuing to develop the program and focussing on schools most likely to benefit from the project.

About the ChrisXandDrake Science Award

The ChrisXandDrake Science Award is named for its patrons Drs Chris and Xand van Tulleken and Chairman James Drake. The 2018/19 Award is currently in development and not accepting school applications. If you’d like to know more about the award visit https://www.chrisxanddrake.com and follow us on Twitter @ChrisXandDrake.

About Future Science Group

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