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National Schools Geology Challenge 2015

National Schools Geology Challenge

The National Final and 2015 winners

A record number of seven schools took part in the Schools Geology Challenge Final on 30 April, with Paul Maliphant presiding over a packed programme of talks, posters, and the all-important quiz. 

William Borlase School

The teams took on subjects ranging from mantle plumes and hotspots, to planetary geology, but it was the all-round performance of Sir William Borlase School (Thames Valley Regional Group) that secured the most points. 

Congratulations go to the winning team  of students Adam Woollett, Bijou Dunn, Jessica Nunn, Alice Webster, Harri Ravenscroft and Ollie Blagden (above) for their poster and presentation on Methane Hydrates!

Poster Viewing in the Lower Library

In second and third places were Wells Cathedral School (South West Regional Group) and Whitchurch High School (Southern Wales Regional Group).

Posters were displayed in the lower library (left).

The final was shared with the Early Career Geologist Award.

Winners:

Sir William Borlase School - 
Methane Hydrates

William Borlase School

Runners-up:

2nd place:
Wells Cathedral School - 
Mantle Plumes

Wells Cathedral School

3rd place:
Whitchurch High School -
The Burgess Shale

Whitchurch High School

Finalists:

The Quiz Round

The quiz round


Altrincham Grammar School
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The Discovery and Effects of the Chicxulub Impact

Hereford 6th Form College - Volcanic Britain

Sharnbrook Upper School - Sedimentary, My Dear Watson. The clues that lie beneath...

Farnborough 6th Form College - Planetary Geology: A Geologist's Guide to the Galaxy

About the Challenge

The National Schools Geology Challenge is now in its 4th 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.

Previous Winners

The Winners' Trophy

Early Career Geologist Award

Early Career Geologist Award

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.

To find out who won the Early Career Award this year, please visit the Award page.