Our Year 9 and 10 Biology students recently took part in a national Biology Challenge organised by the Royal Society of Biology.
Completing two online exams, students were tested on content both within, and beyond, the scope of the national curriculum, pitching their wits against a gruelling set of papers.
Students were incredibly successful, with eight students receiving a bronze certificate and Stephanie Jackson and Ethan Smith receiving a coveted silver award.
“I tried my hardest during both papers.” Explained silver award winner Ethan Smith “I wasn’t expecting to get a silver award but am extremely pleased with the result. I find science fascinating: questions that we all want to know, for example, why things are like they are and why they work in the way they do can nearly always be answered through scientific exploration. The Science Department at Newton Abbot College always makes lessons fun and interactive, with lots of practical work that is great fun.”
Teacher of Science and Biology Challenge organiser, Alicia Wideman, was impressed with the students’ results: “The exam challenged students to apply their knowledge to new scenarios and tested for understanding of concepts beyond the scope of knowledge gained in College. To be able to confidently undertake that under exam conditions, competing on a national scale is incredibly impressive and I couldn’t be happier for the students and their achievements.”