RSC Bill Bryson Prize


Year 12 JFS students; Joe Middleburgh, Yuval Cohen and Gil Reich were recently awarded the RSC Bill Bryson Prize for Science Communication. This year’s theme asked ‘How Science keeps us healthy’ and the boys submitted a video about nutrition in sport, winning the Secondary School entry. The competition is designed to encourage and recognise clear science communication in schools and colleges, and their five minute stop-motion animation relayed the message in an entertaining and informative way.
The students accompanied by Mr. Alex Dawes (Head of Chemistry) went to the Houses of Parliament to meet the prolific author and academic Bill Bryson (after whom the prize is named), as well as John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, as part of a lavish award ceremony.

The students had the opportunity also to talk to senior staff from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the Wellcome Trust and the pharmaceutical industry. Bill Bryson in his speech demonstrated his support for Science education and called for more children to take leading roles as the scientists of the future.

Mr. Dawes commented, “The boys really succeeded in conveying intricate scientific principles in a manner that was simple to understand and amusing to watch. This award is the result of much hard work and I am very proud of what the boys have achieved.”