Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has awarded the 2014 Rolls-Royce Science Prize to London’s Kate Greenaway Nursery School & Children’s Centre for its ‘Playful Science for Everyone’ project. More than 2,000 entries were received for the Prize, which rewards excellence in science teaching and is celebrating its tenth year.
Rolls-Royce Chief Executive John Rishton said: “More than 450 schools across the UK have benefited from the Rolls-Royce Science Prize over the last 10 years, for wide-ranging projects from forensic science to developing higher order thinking skills required by today’s scientists. All these projects have one thing in common: the extraordinary enthusiasm and expertise of the teachers involved.”My congratulations go to the team at Kate Greenaway for their inspirational project – John Rishton, Rolls-Royce Chief Executive
“My congratulations go to the team at Kate Greenaway for their inspirational project, and indeed, to all the teachers who took part in the Prize, whose work is so vital for our future.”
“Winning the Rolls-Royce Science Prize means a lot to us and the community we work in,” said Ms Jan Stillaway who led the winning team. “The project made us think differently about how children learn. Young children are natural scientists, we just have to give them the chance. The real support and ongoing encouragement that taking part in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize brings will help us to give children those opportunities.”
About Kate Greenaway
Kate Greenaway is a children’s centre serving young children in a diverse community in central London and its project aims to inspire and engage staff, children and families in early science experiences. They do this through science explorations in the nursery, running a forest school and ‘Science Saturdays’ open to all local families with young children, that encourage participation in science based activities.
Underlining its long-term commitment to supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities, this is the 10th year of the Rolls-Royce Science Prize. Chris Graham, teacher at Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, who were finalists in 2008 said of the Rolls-Royce Science Prize “it empowers the education sector in ways that it wouldn’t necessarily be empowered otherwise. We all want to make a difference, but we need help to make a difference and Rolls-Royce can provide that help.”
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