Sompting Abbotts pupils are science champions for third time in 7 years!

Young scientists at West Sussex preparatory school Sompting Abbotts are celebrating after taking home their third trophy in seven years from the annual Lancing College Prep Schools Science Challenge.

Pupils from Sompting Abbotts celebrate their win in the Lancing College Prep Schools' Science Challenge
Pupils from Sompting Abbotts celebrate their win in the Lancing College Prep Schools' Science Challenge

16th May 2018 — Sompting Abbotts entered a Year Six team of their brightest scientists into the event. The contest put head-to-head pupils from 10 other Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire prep schools in chemistry, physics and biology tests.

All the competitors were split into three teams and required to complete complex scientific challenges. These ranged from measuring the temperature in an endothermic reaction, constructing food webs, describing adaptations, making a marble run that lasted the longest, and testing out aerodynamics in a wind tunnel.

Each group competed against each other in the respective tasks while also earning points for their prep school.

Sompting Abbotts Head of Science Claire Scale said she was delighted by the outcome. “Our children worked so brilliantly with their groups and communicated their ideas well. It was great to see them all working so confidently and to observe how competently they put their theoretical knowledge into practice.”

She commended Sompting Abbotts pupil Paris Pourani who won the highest points of all the competitors in the Biology Challenge. Paris was rewarded with a book token.

After the Science Challenge, all the entrants attended a fascinating lecture on Astronomy presented by Portsmouth University.

The Lancing College Prep Schools Science Challenge is held annually to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

It is helping to popularise science for young people and encourage educational exchange between preparatory schools in the south of England.

Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School (Coed 2-13) is a day school in West Sussex.

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