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National Schools Geology Challenge 2016

National Schools Geology Challenge

The 2016 Challenge

Teams of students from 8 schools attended the 2016 National Final on 25 April, hosted by Paul Maliphant with awards presented by Sarah Fray.

Winners: Altrincham Grammar School

The winning team from Altrincham Grammar School represented the North West Regional Group with their talk on 'Diamonds: Secrets of the Earth'.


Judges Presentation Award:
Wells Cathedral School

Judges Poster Award: 
Methodist College Belfast
Meteor Airbursts


Congratulations to the winning teams and the other finalists:

  • Aylesbury Grammar School
  • Beauchamp College
  • Bishop Wordsworth and South Wilts joint 6th Form
  • Sheffield High School
  • Whitchurch High School

Photos from the National Schools Geology Challenge 2016

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About the Challenge

The National Schools Geology Challenge is now in its 5th year. 

Teams of Year 12 or 13 / A level science, geography and geology students produce a themed poster, and develop a 5 minute presentation on their chosen (geology related) topic to a panel of leading geologists from academia and industry. 

Heats are organised all over the UK by the Society's Regional Groups, and the winners go forward to the national final at Burlington House. The Southern Wales group also run their own challenge.

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Previous Winners

The Winners' Trophy

Early Career Geologist Award 2016


The National Schools' Geology Challenge is held jointly with the Early Career Geologist Award, aimed at geoscientists in the early stages of their careers. Both awards share a National final.

Find out who won in 2016.