Science Fair and Analyst Competition

Wednesday 21 June saw 15 students from Years 7 to 9 take part in the annual Bedford Modern School Science Fair where Year 8 student Kaavya Iyer was named overall winner for her design of a novel water purification device. Year 10 student Mark Ferreira was awarded second place for his innovative approach to aircraft launch and third place was given to Year 8 students Jhanvi Poojary and Rishita Paul for their impressive display of research into different types of cells.

For the very first time the event took place in the new BMS Science Centre where guest judge, Headmaster Michael Hall, spoke to students about their ideas and discoveries and was keen to get involved with some hands on Science by flying a range of paper aeroplanes. 

Clare Oswald, Head of Chemistry at BMS, said: “All students who took part must be congratulated on their hard work and commitment to their projects. Thanks must also go to the Year 12 students from the BMS Science Society who mentored this year’s participants.

“The Science Fair will run again next summer term and we hope to get even more students involved in this exciting event.”

The day after the Science Fair, three Year 13 BMS students Mohammed Akbor, Pavi Neelagiri and Eryk Sokolowski competed in the national finals of the Schools’ Analyst Competition at the University of Sussex. The students secured their place after a round of regional heats earlier in the year. This is the first time in 20 years a team from BMS has participated in the final round.

The students had a great day working in the undergraduate laboratories alongside other schools across the country.

To have reached the finals is an excellent achievement and we look forward to seeing future BMS scientists build upon their success next year.