On Monday 5 November, at a gala awards ceremony at London's Science Museum, Rolls-Royce announced Kells and Connor Primary School, Belfast, as the winner of the 2012 Rolls-Royce Science Prize.
Set up in 2004, the Rolls-Royce Science Prize is part of the Group's ongoing drive to promote science and engineering in schools by encouraging and rewarding inspirational science teaching. Each year, Rolls-Royce awards a total of £120,000 in cash prizes to schools who implement motivational science teaching.
This year's nine finalist schools tackled a wide variety of challenges: from examining the impact of industrial innovation on Belfast and the World, to a placement programme on Materials Science, the creation of a school science museum and even the design of a living environment for Mars.
Pupils at the winning school took part in a 'Made In Belfast' project, exploring how past industrial innovation shaped the city of Belfast and had influence across the world. The pupils developed an understanding of the science behind the innovations and also completed a range of technology challenges.
Presenting the award, John Rishton, Rolls-Royce Chief Executive, said: "I am delighted to award this year's prize to Kells and Connor Primary School for their project 'Made in Belfast'. Their entry is a great example of what can be achieved through innovative and imaginative teaching and I congratulate both staff and pupils for their hard work."
Kells and Connor Primary received £15,000 to advance science teaching in their school, along with an invitation for a day out with the Red Arrows. Lark Hall Primary School, London, received the runner up prize of £10,000.
To date, Rolls-Royce has distributed over £810,000 in prize money to 360 schools across the UK. Each year the winning school is selected from a group of nine finalists – this year's finalists emerged from a field of 1,500 schools and colleges that registered for the prize before June 2011.
The Rolls-Royce Science Prize is open to all schools and colleges in the UK attending courses at one of the Science Learning Centre's. Entries for the 2013 Rolls-Royce Science Prize are now open - more details are available at: www.Rolls-Royce.com/scienceprize