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Last Chance For Big Fun And Big Prizes In The Great Big Science Competition

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14 March 2002, London, UK


Last Chance For Big Fun And Big Prizes In The Great Big Science Competition

Due to popular demand the deadline for Education.com’s http://uk.education.com The Great Big Science Competition has been extended to 12th April 2002. Launched in September 2001, The Great Big Science Competition http://www.thegreatbigsciencecompetition.co.uk is about making science fun and getting children interested in the possibilities that science has to offer fully endorsed by the government’s Science Year initiative. The competition works in harmony with National Curriculum coursework making entering easy and involving minimum extra work for teachers.

The main prizes up for grabs are sleep-overs for entire classes at science-related venues, including a weekend at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, an interactive night at the London Science Museum and the first ever sleepover at Scotland’s flagship Millennium Project, the Glasgow Science Museum.

In addition, Cybikos, cutting-edge hand-held wireless computers designed specifically for children, will be awarded to those children in the winning classes who, in their teachers opinion, have made the biggest contribution to the project, whether it be for effort, commitment, teamwork or sheer inspiration.

Siobhan Cronin, UK Operating Manager at Education.com, said: “We have designed The Great Big Science Competition to serve two purposes: provide teachers with an innovative tool to get their classes enthusiastic about science; and get children excited about the possibilities of science with the offer of a unique incentive. The scope of science is huge and we believe it is important to create themes and opportunities that make the excitement of the sciences more readily obvious to children.”

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Cronin continued: “While the government’s Science Year initiative is targeting secondary school children, here at Education.com we have decided to help both secondary and primary school children to discover the fascination of science, to explore technology and its vast potential. The Great Big Science Competition is designed to do just that, whilst also encouraging teamwork, invention and innovation.”


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About the competition:

The Great Big Science Competition is split into three broad categories, each aimed at a specific age group, specific to the needs of the National Curriculum and with its own unique sleepover prize.
- Key Stage 2 (age 8-11) - London Science Museum
- Key Stage 3 (age 11-14) - Glasgow Science Centre
- Key Stage 4 (age 14-16) – Centre For Alternative Technology (Wales)

The idea behind The Great Big Science Competition is to engender an interest in science and technology in school children, to show them that science can be a fascinating subject with many applications in every aspect of life and to encourage them to embrace science as a future career.

Entry is made at The Great Big Science Competition at http://www.thegreatbigsciencecompetition.co.uk or via the Education.com website [http://uk.education.com] and the closing date for entries is 12th April 2002.

About Education.com:
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Eduction.com’s aim is to educate, both parents and teachers aim for their children to be confident, knowledgeable and fully equipped for future life. Education.com as the first international gateway to educational services aims to help foster strong links within the education community. Since it draws together sites devoted to parents, children and teachers, it is the ideal place to exchange information and views on education.

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Tim Gibbon, PR Consultant
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