October 4, 2008

Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH – Exciting Contest for North East Children


SCHOOLCHILDREN aged from seven to 16 are being encouraged to take photos of science and nature in the North East in a Newcastle Science City photography competition.

The competition aims to make students think about the science in the photograph they have taken and briefly describe it, to win a first class digital camera and a trip for their whole class to Centre for Life's Lifelab.

There are two of these prizes: one for Key Stages 1 and 2 and one for Key Stages 2 and 3 as well as eight runners-up prizes of a digital camera each. All the winners will get framed editions of their photographs.

Judges for the competition are photographer Roger Coulam, who has taken stunning photos of the North East's most dramatic land and seascapes (see Page 11 for a brilliant example), Peter Arnold, chief executive, Newcastle Science City and Anne Davies, secondary science consultant, Newcastle City Council.

In the words of Mr Arnold, we are really looking for the students to be inspired by their own environment and to think about science in this real world, so they appreciate it is all around them, not just in a laboratory. Mr Coulam, meanwhile, argues that there's a huge range of potential subjects, from the colours of a rainbow over the countryside, to a close-up of a flower's stamen and that the whole world can be seen as science in action.

He urges pupils to use their imagination and look really closely at the world around them and question how it works.

Details of how to enter and some photography tips are on the Newcastle Science City website www.newcastlesciencecity.com and the closing date is Monday, 27 October.

KAY WILSON, Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle NE1 4EP

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