Competition 4.12 Results 2021

hank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 12: Leisure and Technological Change! You can see some of the winning entries below. 1st place (Year 10): Fatima I. Fatima’s winning entry Rise of the Planet of Tech. Wake up, Twitter. School, Teams. Free time, Netflix. Today’s generation is like no other for…

Class 4 Competition Results 2021

Well done to everyone who submitted an entry to Class 4 of the Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11 – the final class of this year’s programme. We received some excellent entries, and selecting winners proved tricky as always! You can click on the links below to read some of the fantastic prize-winning entries for…

Competition 4.10 Results 2021

Thank you very much to those who submitted an entry to Competition 10: Greek & Roman Thinking! For this competition, we are delighted to award a Special Commendation Prize to Tia-Lana C. for an exceptional contribution. Tia-Lana submitted an extremely creative animated video entry which really impressed the judges – you can view the video below!…

Competition 4.11 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 11: Poetry! You can see some of the winning entries below. 1st place (Year 10): May F. May’s winning entry Circa 750 to 650, Hesiod, an ancient Greek poet, wrote poetry. He focused on humanity and its autochthony (The Oxford English Dictionary describes this…

Class 3 Competition Results 2021

Well done to everyone who submitted an entry to Class 3 of the Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11! We’ve been hard at work reading through all of the fantastic entries we’ve received, and are delighted to announce this month’s winners, runners-up and finalists. You can click on the links below to read some of…

Competition 3.9 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 9: Mathematics of Natural Selection! Given the nature of maths, it’s easy to make a minor mistake and miss out on a perfect answer; each submission was given our full consideration, and prizes have still been awarded based on the overall quality of the entries…

Competition 3.8 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 8: Evolution Puzzles! There’s more than one way of interpreting the questions – we gave each submission our full consideration. We’ve uploaded our example answers for you to see how we interpreted and tackled the questions. You can check out some of the winning entries below….

Competition 3.7 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 7: Artificial Intelligence! We really enjoyed reading all of the entries that we received. Below you can see the winners, and read some of the winning entries. 1st place (Year 10): Michelle M. Michelle’s winning entry How would an AGI system react to being…

St John’s Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11: Class 4

It’s now time for Class 4, the final class of our Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11: you’ll find the new class at the Year 11 webpage. For this final class of the year, we examine culture and history through the lens of evolution. We will begin by looking at how theories of evolution…

Class 2 Competition Results 2021

Well done to everyone who submitted an entry to Class 2 of the Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11! Once again, we received lots of very high-quality entries, and our markers had a tough time choosing the winners, runners up, and finalists – so congratulations to everybody who has won a prize! You can click…

Competition 2.4 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 4: Language evolution! We really enjoyed reading all of the entries that we received. Below you can read some of the winning entries, as selected by Professor Carolyne Larrington, who wrote this class’s article on the evolution of language! 1st place (Year 10): Amy…

Competition 2.5 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 5: What even are words any more? – we received lots of really interesting and insightful pieces of writing, some of which you can see below, as selected by our team of markers! 1st place (Year 10): Jacob W. Jacob’s winning entry The American…

Competition 2.6 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 6: Carolingian Minuscule! We really enjoyed looking through some of the very creative responses to deciphering this very old text – here you can see some of the winning entries, as selected by the St John’s College Librarian, Dr Petra Hoffman, who wrote this…

Class 1 Competition Results 2021

Well done to everyone who submitted an entry to Class 1 of the Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11! The quality of entries we received was extremely high – so high in fact that we ended up awarding even more prizes than we had planned! You can click on the links below to read some…

Competition 1.3 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 3: Evolution of flight! Here you can see some of the winning entries, as selected by our team of markers. 1st place (Year 10): Lili S Lili’s winning entry 1st place (Year 11): Melanie H. Melanie’s winning entry The evolution of birds, and their…

Competition 1.2 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 2: Create your own organism. We had great fun looking through the very creative inventions of our programme participants! Below you can see some of the winning entries, as selected by our team of markers. 1st place (Year 10): Amy A. & Jessica T….

Competition 1.1 Results 2021

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 1: The fossil record! Below you can read some of the winning entries, as selected by our team of markers. 1st place (Year 10): Vienna D. & Eleanor G. Vienna’s winning entry Palaeontologists estimate that only around 1% of all animals to have ever…

St John’s Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11: Class 2

It’s now time to move on to Class 2 of our Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11: you’ll find the new class at the Year 11 webpage. In the previous class, we learned about evolution as a driver of biological change. But other kinds of change function in quite similar ways, and today we…

St John’s Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11: Class 1

Dear Year 10 and 11 pupils, We hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and New Year’s! We’re excited to welcome you back to the Year 10 and 11 Inspire Programme with the first class materials. Today we are excited to release the first class materials for our Year 10 and 11 Inspire Programme. This…

Inspire Year 10 and 11 Launch

St John’s College, as part of Oxford for South East, is excited to announce the Year 10 and 11 Inspire Programme for 2020-21!

Inspire Virtual Summer Schools in review

Following last week’s Virtual Summer Schools on the Inspire Programme, we are excited to announce the winners of last week’s Year 9 and Year 12 competitions!

UK Parliament for Year 11: Day 2

Today, you’ll be able to put your learning to the test with some interactive online games put together by the UK Parliament outreach team!

Pitt Rivers Museum

Welcome to the Pitt Rivers Museum! Take a virtual tour of the museum and practice your observation skills with the Museum’s collection of masks.

Medieval journeys

What drove people in Medieval times to journey from their homes? During this lecture you will see examples of the travel people undertook for a variety of reasons.

UK Parliament for Year 11: Day 1

In this session you will get to know the UK Parliament, and you will learn about some ways in which you can get involved. We will start by learning about Parliament and its history, and finish off the day with some votes and debating exercises.

Biodiversity and Conservation for Year 11, Day 1

There is a huge variety of wildlife found locally, in our gardens and local green spaces. It is important to monitor this diversity, to see whether it changes seasonally, or over time as our green spaces in Britain become more urbanised.

Disease modelling

During this lecture, you will see how two different areas of maths can be used to model the spread of diseases through a population.

Museum of Natural History

Welcome to the Museum of Natural History! Take a virtual tour and explore the museum’s highlights here.

History of Science Museum

Welcome to the History of Science Museum in Oxford! Explore the museum virtually and learn about the fascinating instruments in its collection here.

Competition 3.2 Results: Reading the runes

St John’s French Tutor Marie Elven set our Year 11 course a tricky rune-decoding task: click here to check your work and to see how other pupils enrolled on the course puzzled it out!

Competition 2.2 Results: What’s the price on your head?

St John’s Economics tutor Dr Kate Doornik set our Year 11 course one of the more challenging competitions this year. Through Dr Doornik’s article What’s the price on your head?, pupils explored the difficulty of putting a monetary value on saving lives, and in their competition responses, pupils grappled with this challenge themselves. This series…

Competition 2.4 Results: Scaling Analysis

St John’s College Maths tutor Prof Stuart White set our Year 11 course a few challenging questions on scaling analysis as part of Class 2. Click here to see the answers!

Competition 2.1 Results

We received so many excellent entries for Competition 2.1: Volcanoes & mass extinction! This question asked pupils enrolled on our Year 11 course to think about the similarities and differences between the current mass extinction event we are living through and previous mass extinctions through history, especially considering the effect of volcanic activity. The essays…

Inspire Year 11: Class 3

How time has flown—it’s already time for the final class in this year’s Inspire course for Year 11! Last time we considered the role volcanoes played in the demise of the dinosaurs, learned about geographical records left by volcanic eruptions and much more. Today we turn from the science of volcanoes to the creative works…

Competition 1.3 Results

The final competition in Class 1 of the Year 11 course asked about the importance of dating volcanic eruptions, and the significance of tephrachronology in this process. We received some really fascinating entries in response to this question, many of which also address the applicability of these concepts to our current climate. You can read…

Competition 1.2 Results

We received so many excellent entries for Competition 1.2: The role of the historian! You can read the top entries below.

Competition 1.1 Results

Thank you very much to everyone who submitted an entry to Competition 1.1: Trade in Rome! Below you can read the winning entries, as selected by Georgy Kantor, author of the competition questions. You can find him on Twitter here, and you can read about more of his research on his blog as well. 1st…

Inspire Year 11: Class 2 materials released

After digging through Roman trade documents, dinner party wares and petrified library scrolls in Class 1 of our Year 11 Inspire course in early January, we’re now excited to release Class 2! This time we will consider the role volcanoes played in the demise of the dinosaurs. We’ll learn about the geographical records that volcanic…

Inspire Year 11: Class 1 materials released

We hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and New Year’s! Today we are excited to release the first class materials for our Year 11 Inspire Programme. This year we’re considering the question “What is the power of a volcano?” In this class we learn how to engage with primary sources and historical materials in…

Year 11: Introduction to the course

We are delighted to welcome 578 pupils onto the St John’s Inspire Programme for Year 11! Click the link below for an introduction to the course. Over the next few months we will be sending you class materials via email from inspire@sjc.ox.ac.uk, so please make sure you add this address to your email contacts so…