Science Detectives Challenge

Ivanhoe College students win the regional Young Innovators Challenge Award for the second year running


The Science Detectives Challenge involved 15 students visiting the De Montfort University’s (Faculty of Health & Life Sciences) crime scene house and forensics laboratory in February to investigate a crime scenario. During the visit, students made forensic observations and conducted basic sample analysis including; scanning electron microscopy (SEM), infrared spectroscopy, chromatography and fingerprint analysis. Following the visit to the University, students developed a crime scene report, lab analysis report, poster, and presented their conclusions drawn from their investigation to University judges.

On Friday 20th of May, 10 of our Year 8 and year 9 students were invited to the 2016 Young Innovators Challenge Awards held at Loughborough College. The following students from Year 8: Morgan Rowland, Emily Walker, Sadie Longhurst, Mia Blood-Schiffers, Ed Jager (Ivanhoe Private Eyes)  and Year 9 : Luke Hanley, Bertie Raffle, Tom Harris, James Harris, Alexander Abbey (Ivanhoe Crime Busters) had already beaten off strong competition to be nominated for the final which was open to all Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire schools. “Out of the 21 teams entered we were very proud to learn that one of our teams (Ivanhoe Private Eyes) were named the overall winners of the Science Detectives Challenge. The award was handed out by Loughborough MP and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. The students’ hard work and dedication over the past few months really paid off. Furthermore, all fifteen participating students qualified for a British Science Association CREST Bronze Award, which is an excellent achievement,” said Dr. Sialvi (Science teacher who has supported the students in entering the competition). In return for an outstanding project, students won £750 towards science detectives’ equipment for the school and £50 Amazon gift vouchers each.

The Young Innovators Challenge, sponsored by global technology company 3M and the Loughborough Echo newspaper aims to inspire the next generation of original thinkers. Through a series of challenges, the programme encourages young people to view Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) as dynamic and inspiring subjects.

Some quotes from the students:

“The Science Detectives Challenge was an amazing experience that I am proud to have taken part in. My team members and I have developed many skill including; organisation, teamwork and forensic science. This opportunity has given us an insight into how complex a forensic investigation can be and how much dedication is required” Sadie Longhurst

“The Science Detectives Challenge was one of the best opportunities I’ve ever experienced. It was a lot of fun and helped me to understand the forensic side of science even more. I made some new friends and developed my observational, planning and organisational skill throughout this challenge” Emily Walker

“The Science Detectives Challenge was a fun, invigorating experience which I am glad to have taken part in. It is a hardworking challenge but once you complete it, there is no better feeling” Morgan Rowland

“It was a great experience, I have learnt a lot of new skill and it has increased my confidence and I would recommend this to all new pupils think about trying it” Ed Jager

“The Science Detectives Challenge helped me work better as part of a team and allowed me to experience what it is like to be a real forensic scientist” Connor Greenwood

“I enjoyed the Science Detectives Challenge very much and gained a lot of experience in forensic science and working well in a team. I would recommend it to future students” Alexander Abbey





27 May 2016

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