A huge congratulations to Soumya for winning joint 1st prize in a national STEM competition exploring ‘how vaccines work and their uses in controlling infectious diseases in children’. Harry D was also awarded a notable commendation for his work.
The supra-curricular competition, organised by the Microbiology in School Advisory Committee (MiSAC), challenged schools across the country to produce information for a website (VaccAid), aimed at teenagers, to explain the scientific basis of the immune response to diseases caused by microbes. They had to cover how vaccines work, describe the different types of vaccine which are used against different diseases, the ways they are given to children and their effectiveness.
They also had to consider making the entry entertaining for its intended audience, i.e. teenagers, remembering that part of the competition judging would be on the scientific merit of the entry.
Miss Finnegan, Head of Biology commented: “Soumya and Harry really went to town on this competition, investing time to research beyond the confines of the syllabus, producing informative and clearly presented social media pages on vaccination. We were delighted with their efforts and celebrate with them as their work has been nationally recognised. Well done!”
To find out more, and view the winning entries, visit > MiSAC – Promoting microbiology in schools since 1969