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Academy students win First Prize at Cambridge University Challenge

The day involved introductory sessions on higher education and Cambridge, lunch in one of the Cambridge Colleges, one or two subject taster lectures and an inter-school debating challenge.  Challenge Days give participants the opportunity to explore subjects that they may not previously have experienced, and offer a chance to meet current undergraduate students.

 The day involved introductory sessions on higher education and Cambridge, lunch in one of the Cambridge Colleges, one or two subject taster lectures and an inter-school debating challenge.  Challenge Days give participants the opportunity to explore subjects that they may not previously have experienced, and offer a chance to meet current undergraduate students.

The introductory sessions on The University of Cambridge and higher education were presented by current undergraduate students who also took the group round Emmanuel College on a tour to see the facilities on offer at a Cambridge college.  In the afternoon, students competed against other schools in a debate where they presented and argued their points with confidence.  The day ended with two lectures – the first about DNA Sequencing and the second on Brown Fat – the fat we never knew we had! 

Throughout the day, students worked to complete a Challenge answering questions about famous alumni of the university, the courses on offer, completing brainteasers and general knowledge questions, and finally questions about their own plans for the future.  The students from the Academy beat the other schools there to win this Challenge, with Laike Deacon being named the overall winner.

See the recent article in the Bucks Herald here.