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Junior inventor wins top award for science idea

Pebmarsh, Essex, Sam Roberts, 11, who won a National Science and Engineering Award as part of National Science week with his idea for fluid bones to help with broken bones1 ANL-141006-125630009

Pebmarsh, Essex, Sam Roberts, 11, who won a National Science and Engineering Award as part of National Science week with his idea for fluid bones to help with broken bones1 ANL-141006-125630009

A Lamarsh boy has won a national science award for an invention that could have saved him quite a few trips to hospital.

Sam Roberts, a Year 6 pupil at St John the Baptist School in Pebmarsh, created the idea of dissolvable bones during a science lesson.

His idea was then chosen as the best in his age group in the British Science Association’s national school’s competition, out of 10,000 entrants.

The idea came to Sam after an accident-prone childhood led to him breaking various bones, including both legs and arms, at various points.

Thinking how great it would be to have a temporary bone in place while the other heals, he thought of what he could do with the temporary bone afterwards.

In a moment of genius, Sam came up the idea of the bone dissolving when the old one was fully mended.

“I was really surprised when I found out I had won,” said Sam.

Modest about his achievement, Sam said he was “not the best” at science and actually preferred maths.

And when it comes to choosing a future career, the 11-year-old admitted to having no academic aspirations, instead seeing himself as a professional goalkeeper or, if that fails, a comedian.

Charlea De’Ath, science co-ordinator at the school, said: “We were delighted to hear that Sam had won.

“We were amazed. The school just got a certificate through the post saying that Sam had won out of 10,000 people.”

Sam’s entry was created during the school’s science week.

“It was such a fantastic week,” said Miss De’Ath. “This is the icing on the cake.”

Miss De’Ath said it was great for such a small school to have this success.

“It shows small schools can achieve – we have excellent staff for our three classes,” she said.

Miss De’Ath described Sam as a very bright pupil. He will be heading to Colchester Grammar School in September.

As well as being academically gifted, Sam is a keen footballer and plays rugby for Sudbury.

“He is just good at everything,” said Miss De’Ath. “He is a really nice young man who gets involved in everything.”

 

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