London Primary School Organise 1001 Inventions Fair to Celebrate Science Week

Celebrating British Science Week and Raising Awareness About Lesser-Known Pioneers

London, 12 March 2020 – Pupils at Highland Primary School in Greater London celebrated today the British Science Week with 1001 Invention fun and educational activities. Children did not only organise their themed Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects, but they also learned about the history and the contributions to science by different cultures.

The aim of the school organising the 1001 Inventions Science Fair is to empower pupils and inspire them to ask questions about the world around them. Teachers at the school found this project as a great opportunity for pupils to learn about real-life examples of how people from cultures similar to theirs have used their curiosity about the world to make discoveries and positive change for others.

Pupils were fascinated by the visit of talented actor Nicholas Khan who played 10th-century surgeon Al-Zahrawi in the award-winning film “1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets”. One pupil at the school said:

“The character from the movie came to life… that was unreal.”

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Inspired by Al-Zahrawi and the 18th century Lady Mary Worley Montagu, workshops at the school introduced children to viruses, explained the science behind soaps and their effectiveness for hygiene while raising awareness about the importance of handwashing to protect health.

Celebrating the British Science Week, the Highland Primary School hosted a whole school Science fair, where children had the opportunity to share their key learning from the topics learned with their parents and members of the local community.

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About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organisation that creates international educational campaigns and initiatives aiming to spark young people’s interest in science. 1001 Inventions believes in the power of culture and storytelling to encourage innovation and promote diversity and inclusion. As such, 1001 Inventions produces themed transmedia productions uncovering fascinating contributions of lesser-known pioneers from Arab, Asian and other Eastern cultures. Such creative public engagement productions cover a wide array of themes including health and wellbeing, machines and robotics, chemistry and its applications as well as animals and nature.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 450 million people across the globe through effective grassroots outreach as well as working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, the United Nations World Food Programme, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, shorts films, live shows, books and educational resources that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.