Posted on 03/03/2011
Congratulations to Affelia, Laura and Atma! We are very pleased to see our students participating in such an interesting and inspiring inter-university competition. We wish them every success in making their idea a reality.
Three physics students from Royal Holloway Physics Department, Affelia Wibisono, Laura Lewis and Atma Bhamra found success at the Bright Science Ideas prize-giving ceremony on Tuesday 15th February, by winning the runners-up prize of £250 for their physics media package for schools.
Bright Science Ideas was a competition for entrepreneurial science ideas ran by WestFocus, a consortium of universities based in south west London and the Thames Valley. The competition was open to Kingston University, Brunel University, University of Surrey, University of Kent, University of Portsmouth, and Royal Holloway. There were five cash prizes to be won - a grand prize of £1000, and four runners-up prizes of £250.
The team from Royal Holloway entered their idea of a package consisting of interactive science stage shows, lively books and fun magazines. The stage shows will be performed by university physics students and aim to help change the idea that physics is a difficult subject with very little relevance to the everyday world. The shows also allow school students to learn from real life physicists who are enthusiastic and are able to relate to their audience. They also provide support for science teachers who may not have a background in physics by helping them design demonstrations for use in class. The shows would also be available for the general public to hire. The books are easy to understand semi-narratives that cover the key ideas of biology, chemistry and physics. They present scientific facts within a story and allow children to discover for themselves by allowing them to carry out exercises. The magazines will be released monthly and are filled with the latest science news and updates that allow the young readers to stay informed of the world of science. Schools will purchase yearly subscriptions which will enable them to receive several copies of the books and magazines, and also discounts for the stage shows.
The team is very keen on making their idea a reality and hope that they can continue to gain funding to make this happen.