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The Global Classroom Water Challenge

30 April 2014

Our students have won the award for Most Interesting Experiments in this year’s Global Classroom inter-school competition: The Water Challenge.

  • Students collect their certificates for the Water Challenge 2014
  • Some of the experiments for the Water Challenge

Our two student leaders collecting their certificates from Mr Foyle and some of their Water Challenge experiments

The Global Classroom’s Water Challenge encouraged our students to work like scientists and engineers to tackle real-life water problems. Students researched global water problems to decide which issue they were going to explore further. The team of 48 students from BISS Puxi worked on methods to produce suitable drinking water.

The team, led by Mr Joseph, was comprised of students from Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 who split the tasks of designing, testing and building their solution to the problem between them. The Key Stage 3 students were the inventors and came up with some great ideas. The Key Stage 4 students were suitability analysts and looked at how these ideas could be realized. Finally, students from Key Stage 4 and 5 designed models to test. There was even an AV assistant who shot and edited the video that the team submitted as part of their entry.

The charity Practical Action gave our students the context for the challenge by sharing some of the work they’ve done with local communities around the world to find practical solutions to the poverty they face. Scientists from Imperial College, London shared their ideas about how to take part in the challenge successfully.

The Water Challenge encouraged our students to improve their skills, knowledge and attitudes to learning using our High Performance Learning approach. Students developed their knowledge and understanding of both water-related problems facing communities around the world and scientific processes used to find solutions to them. They developed their inquiry skills, used their imagination and creativity and demonstrated perseverance to find a solution that worked.

The students were thrilled to hear that they had been awarded Most Interesting Experiments and are looking forward to receiving their plaque commemorating their success – well done to everyone involved!