Juniors in Engineering Maths and Science (JEMS) Challenge

8 March 2023

Junior scientists explore the secrets of the brain at Oxford High School GDST

Nearly one hundred Year 5 students from New Marston Primary School, Cutteslowe Primary School and St Francis C.E. Primary School took part in this term’s Juniors in Engineering Maths and Science (JEMS) challenge on Wednesday 8th March as part of Oxford High School’s long standing science community programme.

The children engaged in hands-on science experiments together exploring what the brain looks like and what it does, mentored by Year 8 students from Oxford High School GDST.  They worked hard as teams solving problems about static electricity, tested their reaction times and memories.

Natalie Gregory, a Year 5 teacher at St Francis Primary School commented at the event:

“This is a great opportunity for our students to visit a different school, meet children from other schools and interact with them, while learning. They love the chance to discover more about science – especially in their small groups, even our shy students are coming out of their skin.”

Mrs Maria Whittington, Teacher of Biology at Oxford High School GDST, has been leading the JEMS programme for 12 years and is a passionate advocate for engaging students through science and stimulating young learners to discover more about the world around them.

MS Claire Nebesnuick, Assistant Head Co-Curriculum at Oxford High School GDST said:

  “Events like this illustrate so well that young people spark off each other and benefit from stepping outside their comfort zones as learners and mentors together. Our school is at the heart of the local community and we love days like this.


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