About Year 8…

Year 8 are the largest and most diverse cohort in the Britannica Science and Engineering Fair.

The students have investigated exciting concepts such as the effects of music on plant growth and exercise. They have taken on such challenges like how to make soap, and the effects of temperature and fertilisers on plant growth. The students have all worked within demanding time constraints and produced outstanding projects.

Such is the nature of project based learning students have had to conceptualise their own projects, showcase dynamic problem-solving skills and reflect consistently on the effectiveness of their ideas and procedures.

The Britannica teaching cohort has been taken aback as to how well this year group has self managed and delivered to tight schemes of work and demanding deadlines.

Year 8 Best Practice

In the interest of not influencing the vote, this part will be completed once the public vote is is in.

Year 8 Best Practice

In the interest of not influencing the vote, this part will be completed once the public vote is is in.

Year 8 Best Practice

In the interest of not influencing the vote, this part will be completed once the public vote is is in.

Many educational theorists, believe that learning occurs within situational contexts. Students gain knowledge from observing others and practicing themselves, therefore becoming “cognitive apprentices” within the community.

Does The Mass Of Same Sized Objects Affect The Speed They Fall In a Fluid? By Anna

Abstract   Background Research      *^ _ ^* In our Science Fair we chose to investigate if object of the same volume and shape, but different mass, sink at different rates in honey. This is about forces and density. A force can be defined as a push or a pull on a...

Experiment: How Sunlight Affects Mould Growth – By Kevin Wang

Abstract The primary question the experiment sought to answer was to find out which conditions were the best and worst for growing mould on bread, either indoors in the dark, partial sunlight or fully outdoors. Based upon preliminary knowledge, the initial hypothesis...

Dissolving Meat in Acids : Emma, Aymee and Sylvie-Year 8

Do Different Meats Dissolve at Different Rates? ABSTRACT: Hypothesis: How does the type of meat affect the rate at which the meat dissolves? Goal: The objective of our project is to determine if meats dissolve at different rates in acid. Methods and Materials: We used...

Does Different Type Of Hand Sanitizer Affect Bacteria Growth? By Trinity and Joanna Y8

Abstract Our experiment  is about if different brands of hand sanitizer affect bacteria growth, and  we think  if hand sanitizers with a higher alcohol content are used, then more bacteria will be sanitized. We use make 6 Agar jelly and use 5 different brand of  hand...

How To Make Soap? (Jaymin Y8)

Abstract: This experiment is about making handmade soap and whether if it is effective as a store-bought soap. Our hypothesis is that if handmade soap would be able to wash out substances (dirty stain) on fabrics better than store-bought soap. We did our soap in...

What our educators say

Amy Uffindall

It’s great to see Britannica students working independently, and in such creative ways to achieve a personal outcome. The student comments are also a testament to their collaborative and supportive mindset.

Rebecca Shah-Harvey

The Britannica Science Fair is a great example of multi-disciplinary project learning, which develops skills beyond the traditional academic subjects. Publishing their project online encourages students to take pride in their learning, motivates them to go that step further in their understanding, and provides a powerful tool for peer-assessment; more reminiscent of a real-world context.

Katherine Simpson

A fabulous collection of some very interesting ideas and experiments. The students are to be commended on their thoughtful ideas and scientific process to gain their conclusions. Well done all – an informative and enjoyable read!