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St Mary’s Calne Sisters win International Science Prize
16th June 2016

We are delighted to announce that sisters Alice and Clara Wade (UV Form) have won the University of Sheffield's prestigious Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning, 2016, which is  supported by Professor Sir Harry and Lady Margaret Kroto and the Jacobs Foundation, with their video 'Test Tube Babes'. This international competition was open to students aged 11-18 from any school in the world, to create the best video about any Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subject matter.

Alice and Clara put together their entry ‘Test Tube Babes’ – an informative, fun and rather quirky video, filmed by Alice and presented by Clara.  The standard of entries was said to be extremely high, so the girls should be very proud of winning this award. The prize money of £300 will be shared between the girls and the school; Alice intends to buy a new video camera and the school is looking to run a Saturday Science Communication Course next year with the prize money.  

Alice commented, "being IVF babies ourselves, we thought this video would be a fun and creative way to explore the science behind how IVF babies are created.  It took two days to film and a further two days to edit.  The hardest part was trying to get the right balance between being informative, while also being tongue-in-cheek and injecting some fun into the film.  We are surprised and very happy to have won the competition!"

Both of the girls are currently taking their GCSE Levels at St Mary's Calne and Alice has ambitions to be an environmental filmmaker.  

Congratulations girls on producing this winning video.

You can view 'Test Tubes Babes' by clicking here

Further information about the Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning can be found here