With only one in five girls opting for the whole range of science subjects, SI Bournemouth issued a challenge, as part of the celebrations of the club’s 75th Anniversary this year, to budding women scientists which could help people living in the poorest parts of the world.
The STEM based challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), issued in the autumn of 2012 to teams of girls in Years 9 and 10 at local schools, was to design, build and cost a project to help people in the poorest parts of our world. It had to be sustainable, fit for purpose and cost effective in a world where 884 million people lack access to clean water, nearly three and a half million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene related causes and every 20 seconds a child dies from a water related illness. An estimated 925 million people are hungry while the world produces enough food to feed everyone.
Of the projects submitted by four teams three focused on clean water and the fourth on capturing snake venom for medical purposes.
Five judges drawn from local companies and organizations – Bournemouth Borough Council, Fonix, Procter and Gamble and Sembcorp Bournemouth Water – selected the winning projects, one in each year group, on 12th March 2013
The winners of the “Celebrating Science Challenge” were:
- The Arnewood School, New Milton (Year 9 Key Stage 3) with their “Water-Phant” – a simple device, with no moving parts and minimal maintenance, to produce clean water from contaminated supplies using the principle of evaporation and condensation.
- Bournemouth School for Girls (Year 10 Key Stage 4) with their project SNAID (Snake Aid) –promoting the capture of venomous snakes and the extraction and selling of their venom for medical advances.