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Notice: Due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we would like to support schools entered for this competition by extending the submission deadline. Please see an updated notice under ‘how to apply’ below.
Cambridge International is pleased to offer an exciting competition for Cambridge IGCSE and O Level learners. We want to give learners the opportunity to develop their passion for science through practical work, investigating topics of interest and using the scientific method. We also want to promote the attributes of a Cambridge learner through collaboration and communication, promoting innovation and creativity.
The Cambridge Upper Secondary Science Competition is for teams of three to six Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level learners working on a scientific investigation outside normal curriculum time.
Teams choose a topic for their investigation and complete an investigation over 20-25 hours. They will also produce a reflection of the work, consisting of an investigation and reflection, and present their project to their teacher and peers.
Teachers assess the portfolios using the mark scheme we provide. We may ask you to provide a sample of your marking.
Upon completion, teams will be awarded a Participation, Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate. Schools produce these certificates using the templates provided. Cambridge will notify schools when they are permitted to print the certificates.
Teachers submit Gold portfolios for consideration by our expert panel of judges in Cambridge. The judges will select one winner for each region from the Gold submissions. Each regional winner will receive individual medals for each team member and a letter of recognition.
The overall global winner will also receive Gold medals and a letter of commendation. In addition, the school will receive a plaque of recognition and will be interviewed for a future edition of Cambridge Outlook magazine.
Once you have entered your students for the competition, you can find all of the supporting documents you need to get started on the School Support Hub. The support pack and mark scheme has been updated for 2020 so you must download the latest version, even if you have entered this competition previously. The pack includes:
We have extended the submission deadline from 30 April 2020 to 30 September 2020 to help support those schools who are dealing with the Covid-19 (Coronavirus outbreak). Please ensure you submit any Gold projects before this extension deadline. Projects that have already been submitted, or are submitted before the original deadline of 30 April 2020, will also be held on file and considered during the judging process. We propose to announce this year’s winners by 31 October 2020.