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SCIENCE IS UNBELIEVABLE!

Bright Horizons has the best STE(A)M department ever! Competition to competition, experiment to experiment, achievement to achievement... We are just unstoppable!


We start to learn about it in primary years from our teachers and parents, and then we have our Science Club in years 5 and 6, so that when we reach Year 7 and get Physics, BIology and Chemistry, we simply can't wait for new challenges! And do we get them? Of course we do. Here is just a brief overview of our projects and competitions this year from our very own - Ms. Maričić, the Science Lady!


1. What competitions did the school join this year in the science department?


There were so many this year! Croatian Biology, Chemistry and Physics competitions (separately), ATOM competition, You be the chemist competition, UK Biology competition, March Mammal madness... just to name a few... We also participated in the Science Fair Inventum at Ilok.


2. Were there any surprises in the competitions?


No. We were born ready for everything.


3. What results did our pupils achieve?


Nora entered the second round of Croatian biology competition. In the AToM competition, Meeral, Nora and Magdalena won 73rd place out of 218 participants, whereas Janka, Tara and Nina were in 205th place of 218. In the competition called You be the chemist: Zlatka, Eva, Tena and Tia are the international winners! As for the UK Biology competition, we are still waiting for the results. In March mammal madness: Francis won first place.





4. What is March Mammal Madness?


March Mammal Madness is actually an absolutely cool tournament, a virtual battle, concerning mammals and predicting which one of them would win in a duel. IThe system of the tournament was actually inspired by the way basketball championships are organised at American universities and the way people try to predict the winners. You may learn more about it here: March Mammal Madness: Key Details for the 2023 Tournament - YouTube and here: How to Play - March Mammal Madness - LibGuides at Arizona State University (asu.edu) . The point of the game is to try to think of all the natural abilities a mammal has in order to survive in a setting. It is applying what you learn in Biology to life through a game. It was quite exciting and we even had teachers playing in their own league. In the end, we had a big award ceremony at our Monday Assembly.





5. What advice would you give to any future contestants?


Start early and plan your time wisely: Science competitions often require significant research, experimentation, and analysis. Begin your project early to allow ample time for all stages of the process. Create a timeline or schedule to ensure you complete each task on time. Seek guidance and feedback. Consult with your teachers, mentors, or other experts in the field. They can provide valuable guidance, offer suggestions for improvement, and help you refine your project. Be open to constructive criticism and use it as an opportunity to enhance your work. Stay confident and resilient. Science competitions can be challenging and competitive. Stay confident in your abilities and believe in the value of your project. If setbacks occur, be resilient and use them as learning experiences to improve and grow. Have a backup plan; in case things don't go as expected, have a backup plan or alternative approaches. This will help you adapt and overcome unexpected obstacles that may arise during the course of your project. Enjoy the experience. Remember to enjoy the process of scientific inquiry and discovery. Participating in science competitions is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge, develop critical thinking skills, and make meaningful contributions to your field of interest.

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