CHILDREN from schools in the Moorland and Exmoor Federations joined together for a science fair competition to celebrate British Science Week, which was actually a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects.

The week was run by the British Science Association as a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators, and the public.

Pupils from each school entered a Science Fair project linked to a research question or an investigation which particularly interested them.

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Reception and key stage one winner Eliza, from Dulverton.

Then, the top three winners from each were invited to take part in a science fair held in Dunster First School.

Here, pupils shared their projects with the judges and each other.

They were joined by STEM ambassador Will Griffin, who works for Roadwater-based scientific instruments manufacturer Singer Instruments, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

Mr Griffin took along a 3D printer and encouraged the children to take part in a spaghetti and marshmallow challenge.

Cutcombe First School headteacher Alison Blackmore said: “There was a real buzz in the hall as the children talked excitedly about their projects.

“Well done to everybody who took part in their own schools and were invited to the overall Science Fair.”

Ms Blackmore paid a special congratulations to the overall winners, who were:

Reception and KS1

1 Eliza, from Dulverton

2 Ellis, from St Dubricius

3 Robin, from Dunster 


1 Jensen, from Dulverton

2 Vincent, from St Dubricius

3 Aurora, from Timberscombe

Spaghetti and marshmallow challenge - tallest tower, Ben, from Cutcombe.