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Preliminary Round 2022
What has changed?
Previously, schools (~30) would apply via e-mail to Trevor Birt, requesting preliminary questions which were completed under exam conditions and returned (~25) for marking. Of these, the top 6-10 would be invited to our Regional Final. Last year we held parallel quizzes and lab practical sessions jointly at Coventry University and the University of Birmingham. The top scoring teams were then invited to our regional final.
- To ensure the ‘exam conditions’ are consistent for all schools
- To increase the scope and engagement of schools
- To make the ‘preliminary’ a fun day!
The preliminary round will be held jointly at Coventry University and the University of Birmingham on Sat. 10rd December 2022. The top 5 or 6 schools from this round will then be invited to the Regional Final. The Birmingham & West Midlands Local section Regional Final will be held on Sat. 21st January 2023.
How do I enter my students?
A team has to be made up of two Year 9 students, one Year 10 student and one Year 11 student. Where possible students who have taken part in previous years should not be included. To Register your school for this year’s Preliminary Round please complete the registration form below:
Team information ...
Each team should be made up of the following:
- 2 students from year 9
- 1 student from year 10
- 1 student from year 11
Each school can enter up to TWO teams.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.
What to bring ...
Each team member needs to bring:
- Pens, pencils and rubber
Complimentary refreshments will be provided in the CTL Building.
Competing Schools ...
|University of Birmingham|
|Alcester Grammar School|
|Bishop Veseys School|
|King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys|
|King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls|
|King Edward’s school for boys (Edgbaston)|
|Turves Green Boys School|
|Windsor High School and Sixth Form|
|King Edward VI School|
|The Kingsley School|
|Twycross House School|
Programme of events
|1000- 1300||Arrival and refreshments||CTL Foyer/Cafe|
|1100 – 1230||Written Paper Quiz||CTL Upper Floor|
|1230 – 1430||Tour of the CTL / Chemistry Department||CTL Cafe area|
|1430||Final Remarks and Dismissal||CTL Cafe area|
CTL – Collaborative Teaching Laboratory