Primary school children battle to build tallest jelly tower at Suffolk Show
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Budding young scientists put their hypotheses to the test during an inter-school competition at the Suffolk Show - and luckily their nerves didn’t wobble.
Year 5 pupils from Great Whelnetham, Westgate, All Saints and Ickworth Park primaries battled it out today to see who could build the tallest structure out of jelly.
For the past four weeks the children have been experimenting in a bid to come up with the perfect mix, detailing their findings in a workbook which was also judged during the contest.
Great Whelnetham won first prize for its 78cm tower, made out of jelly and couscous.
Teacher Sam Sharp said: “We are very happy. We did a lot of group work involving the whole class and they learnt a lot about science through doing it.”
The school was awarded £500, donated by West Suffolk College, to spend on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) equipment.
All Saints was awarded first place for its workbook by professor Chris Higgins, governor of West Suffolk College. He said: “The scientific insight they gained from doing it is really great.”
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Other products used in the schools’ jelly mix included shredded wheat, potato waffles, rice and oats.
The competition was organised by King Edward VI School, alongside West Suffolk College and the Institute of Physics.