Budding scientists from across Merthyr Tydfil recently had the opportunity to be part of the College Merthyr Tydfil’s judging panel for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2014. The 20 youngsters, all from year 6 and year 7, visited the college for the day to experience a taste of what it is like to study Science at A level, prior to forming six groups to review a set of shortlisted books from the Royal Society.
The judging process began in earnest with a review of What makes you YOU? by Gill Arbuthnott. Each of the groups were provided with a set of judging criteria and asked to nominate a chairperson to lead the discussion. Allocated 15 minutes per book, the teams had an hour and a half to review all six books.
Sophie, a Year 6 pupil from Heolgerrig Community School said “I really enjoyed the judging process. It was great to get together with pupils from other schools and hear their comments on the books. I really enjoyed the visit to the college and the Science labs. It has inspired me to consider studying Chemistry at GCSE and A level”
Mark Richards, Head of Science at The College Merthyr Tydfil commented “The event has provided a great opportunity for the year 6 and 7 to contribute their views on the books nominated for the Royal Society Book Prize 2014 and also to experience a taste of college life. The college is keen to work closely with local primary and secondary schools to offer more opportunities like this throughout 2014-2015”
As part of the competition, the pupils who were part of the judging panels will also have the opportunity to ask the shortlisted authors anything they want by submitting their questions to them online. The winning book will be announced at a Royal Society award ceremony in November 2014.
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