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STEM students present a ‘memory maze’ at The Big Bang Fair 2019

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As part of our BET commitment to STEM-based learning, this year students from the across the Trust visited The Big Bang Fair South East 2019 on 26 June.

A regional local heat of The UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, the fair is an annual event designed to showcase STEM achievements in all areas of student education and one which provides an opportunity for students to practice and develop their skills.  Our students from the STEM club were eager to take part and test their skills!

 

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Having practised at school, students from Bohunt Liphook presented their work on testing the memory of a hamster and were praised for the originality and presentation of their idea. Students had spent the term building a ‘memory maze’ for one of their pet hamsters. The students used recycled Styrofoam from the DT department and were able to train the hamster to remember his path back to his food bowl, and out of the maze.  They were able to prove that small mammals could use their memory to learn cause and effect.

 

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TPS School had a strong presence and demonstrated their work on genetics. Students of Bohunt Worthing also visited the fair and had the chance to visit the booths of Bohunt Liphook and TPS and exchange ideas.

Stratianna Davi Head of STEM said, ‘The trip to the Big Bang Fair was a great opportunity to meet Bohunt students from across the Trust and be involved in a positive competition in a way that brings out the best in everyone involved. Events like these are very important because STEM pervades every part of our lives. By exposing BET students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field’.

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