Pupils explore the universe in intergalactic Star STEM Challenges

The talented winners of the prestigious Star STEM Challenge competitions have been announced.

At the beginning of June, Star Academies launched its Star STEM Challenge competitions to inspire pupils across all 28 of its schools.

The Challenges gave pupils the opportunity to immerse themselves in science and explore the world around them. The competitions were split into four age categories for pupils at its primary and secondary schools.

Pupils in Reception and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) took part in a bug hunt to discover the world of creepy crawlies and insects. Key Stage 2 pupils (Years 3 – 6) explored the universe as they prepared for an adventure to the International Space Station. Secondary school pupils were challenged to create a model or toy to explain a scientific concept, using nothing but recycled materials.

Hundreds of young scientists from across the country entered the competition, which provided pupils with a fun focus to help foster positivity during lockdown. Judges were impressed by the quality of the entries which they said demonstrated a high level of ingenuity and learning.

After much consideration, the judges selected three winners in each age category from among the hundreds of entries.

First prize in the Reception and Key Stage 1 category was awarded to Zayneb Kherrab from The Olive School, Hackney. Zayneb impressed judges with her wonderful investigation into the world of bees. She created a lovely story all about bees and nectar and was awarded an Outdoor Explorer Kit in recognition of her wonderful effort. Second prize, of a Bug Safari Kit, went to George Foster from The Olive School, Bolton and third prize, of a My First Big Book of Bugs, was awarded to Alya Khan from Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy.

KS1 winner, Zayneb, impressed judges with her wonderful investigation into the world of bees.

Star judge, astronaut Helen Sharman had the unenviable task of selecting the prize winners in our Key Stage 2 space adventure challenge. Helen Sharman, who was Britain’s first astronaut and the first woman to visit the Mir Space Station, lent her expertise to help select the best space-themed entries.

She said: “This was a fantastic project that required research and thought, with many different ways for the children to show their knowledge, ingenuity and creativity. I enjoyed seeing the shortlisted entries, with their various presenting styles and techniques.

In this category, the first prize, of a telescope, was awarded to Maria Modan from The Olive School, Blackburn. Maria’s mission to space was exciting and contained detailed models, fitness plans and even a guide to Earth for an alien.

Maria Modan shows her winning entry in the KS2 competition.

Second prize was won by The Olive School, Small Heath pupil, Amira Tahir, who was rewarded with a night sky projector and third prize, of a solar system night light, went to Zaynab Adam from The Olive School, Bolton.

The inventors’ category for secondary school pupils saw winners and finalists split into the KS3 and KS4 categories. First prize winners were awarded a Microscope Kit, second prize was an Explosive Experiments Kit and our lucky third prize winners received a Science Brain Box.

In KS3, the winning prize was awarded to Huzaifa Patel from Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School for his inventive idea based around hand sanitiser. Judges felt this invention showed a great response to the current COVID-19 crisis as it aimed to help the population during the pandemic. It was well planned and Huzaifa’s presentation explained its purpose clearly and showed how the science supported its operation.

Second prize went to Syed Ahmed from Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham East and third prize to Nina Tailor from Tong Leadership Academy.

The KS4 winner is Zikra Al Shameria from Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham for her exceptional depiction of a biome, which examined tropical rainforests as an example of an ecosystem. Zikra gave excellent examples of food-webs and identified the importance of biodiversity.

Zikra’s winning entry in the KS4 category was this wonderful tropical biome.

Second prize went to Mahmood Desai from Eden Boys’ School, Preston and third was awarded to Sharull Hossain from Eden Boys’ School, Bolton.

(Mufti) Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said: “I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who has taken the time to enter our Star STEM Challenge competitions.

“The creativity, attention to detail and scientific knowledge demonstrated by our pupils are truly impressive. The STEM Challenge is another great example of the incredible spirit of our pupils who, during these extraordinary times, are continuing to achieve and learn about the world around them.

“We are always overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our pupils, parents and teachers when we set new challenges, and our pupils’ unwavering commitment to learning remains a guiding light to all of us at Star Academies.”

 

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists who are listed below.

Key Stage 1

Winners

1st prize – Zayneb Kherrab, The Olive School, Hackney

2nd prize – George Foster, The Olive School, Bolton

3rd prize – Alya Khan, Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy

Finalists

Fatimaah Patel, The Olive School, Preston

Manor Jamil, Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy

Zaynab Nawaz, The Olive School, Small Heath

Nadia Sabki, The Olive School, Small Heath

M Huzaifa Patel, The Olive School, Bolton

Muhammed Issa, The Olive School, Blackburn

Safiyyah Hussain, The Olive School, Hackney

Nusaybah and Aasiyah Taj, Starbank School

Owais Kaashif, Starbank School

Lucas Bourdaire, Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy

 

Key Stage 2

Winners

1st prize – Maria Modan, The Olive School, Blackburn

2nd prize – Amira Tahir, The Olive School, Small Heath

3rd prize – Zaynab Adam, The Olive School, Bolton

Finalists

I Faruki, The Olive School, Small Heath

Aaminah and Muhammad Desai, The Olive School, Preston

Yunus Bellala, The Olive School, Birmingham

Zoya Mughal, The Olive School, Birmingham

Huda Khan, The Olive School, Hackney

Soumaya Kherrab, The Olive School, Hackney

Zoha Shaukat, Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy

 

Key Stage 3

Winners

1st prize – Huzaifa Patel, Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School

2nd prize – Syed Ahmed, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham East

3rd prize – Nina Tailor, Tong Leadership Academy

Finalists

Charlie Whitlow, Bay Leadership Academy

Gracie Stevens, Bay Leadership Academy

Alex Gouldsbrough, Bay Leadership Academy

Youssif Abunowar, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Manchester

Khadijat Akinwale, Eden Girls’ School, Coventry

Ayeshah Bakali,  Eden Girls’ School, Coventry

Ahmad Bizarri, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Manchester

Fahad Khalid, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Manchester

Hannah Malik, Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School and Sixth Form College (TIGHS)

Ruwaida Yusef, Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Manchester

Inyan Riaz, Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Manchester

Sulieman Khan, Eden Boys’ School, Preston

Umar Patel, Eden Boys’ School, Bolton

Sareena Ali, Eden Girls’ School, Slough

Mohammed Sarwar, Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham

Abdul Rumaney, Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham

Rayyan Khan, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Bradford

Mohammad Dawud Yousaf, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Bradford

Kibreeya Bhatti, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Bradford

Hamza Khadim, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Bradford

Muhammad Sabur Haneef, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Manchester

Hamza Shah, Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham

Fahima Shaikh, Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham

Ayan Abbasi, Tong Leadership Academy

Qasim Akhtar, Eden Boys’ School, Bolton

 

Key Stage 4

Winners

1st prize – Zikra Al Shameri, Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham

2nd prize – Mahmood Desai, Eden Boys’ School, Preston

3rd prize – Sharull Hossain, Eden Boys’ School, Bolton

Finalists

Courtney Cox, Bay Leadership Academy

Elisha Durkin, Bay Leadership Academy

Laila Ahmed, Eden Girls’ School, Coventry

Abdullah Raja, Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham

Muhammad Murad, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham East

Ahmed Mahmood, Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham East

Khadijah Adam, Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School and Sixth Form College (TIGHS)

A Rehman Bhula, Eden Boys’ School, Preston

Abdul Rumaney, Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham

Maliha Khalid, Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Manchester

Senna Yousef, Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Manchester

Kimberley Howell, Tong Leadership Academy

Ibnul Hossain, Eden Boys’ School, Bolton

 

 

 

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