Young Scientist


Competition details for 2019


A case study from the Market Harborough Ogden Partnership of Primary Schools

The competition run in conjunction with the Ogden Trust is offered to groups of primary schools or individual schools.

Here is a case study to guide you to how to set up and run a Rotary Young Scientist Competition

Knowing of other Rotary awards for young people, the Market Harborough Ogden Primary Partnership approached their local Rotary Club (Market Harborough) to see it they might be interested in sponsoring a Young Scientist Competition. They were!

The scheme ran as follows

  1. An initial grant of around £300 allowed the purchase of science equipment not usually found in primary schools
  2. The partnership of schools devised a demanding practically based competition that required some high level thinking. The sheet given to the teams to complete is included for information*
    1. Challenge 1: building electrical circuits from circuit diagrams
    2. Challenge 2: separating a mixture of sand and salt
    3. Challenge 3: Transporting cherry tomatoes over a “ravine”
    4. Challenge 4: building molecular models
    5. Challenge 5: testing liquids for acidity and alkalinity
    6. Challenge 6: a written question paper
  3. Each of the participating schools selected a team of four students; two from year 4 and two from year 5. The expectation was the 2 team members would be girls and two boys.
  4. An afternoon was chosen for the competition. One of the participating schools hosted the competition. Nine schools sent a team. Squash and fruit was served to the teams as they arrived and whilst the equipment for the challenges was being set up.
  5. Each challenge was supervised by an adult (teacher or Rotary club member), who gently provided prompts if necessary and “reset” the equipment after each team had used it.
  6. Each team completed the 6 challenges. We allowed 10 minutes for each challenge plus 3 minutes to complete the “write up” of their sheet, and the teams rotated around the different challenges. We had enough equipment to allow two teams to be working on any one challenge at any one time.
  7. During the competition, the adult supervising the challenge, scored each team, giving a mark out of 10. As they saw all the teams, they were able to give relative scores.
  8. Parents (and siblings) were invited to attend the next part of the day. Refreshments (tea, coffee and cake) was served as the parents arrived and once they were all there, there was an illustrated talk about space.
  9. Whilst the talk was being given, the scores for each team were totalled.
  10. After the talk, each team member was presented with a certificate* and finally the winning team was announced and presented with a trophy by the Rotary club. (the trophy was then taken away again to be engraved!)


The Commitment from Rotary Clubs involved was to:

  • Provide Seed funding of around £300 to purchase equipment
  • Rotarians help to run the competition
  • Rotary provides a suitable  trophy
  • Rotary presents trophy in winning school assembly

There is an annual funding requirement of around £200 to fund refreshments and the engraving of the trophy.

If you are interested in running a Young Scientist Competition then please contact  Rotary District 1070 youth Services





Young Scientist Competition presentation

To see  a powerpoint presentation about The Young Scientist competition  click  Here