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  1. Myth Buster!

    When I was putting together the resources for the 2017 Excelsior Award (in 2016) I decided I wanted to use it as an opportunity to properly find out just how many girls take part every year. I’d always suspected it was quite a few, and I knew I had several all-girl schools that signed up every year, but I wanted to try and amass some data on this 'gender differential' issue and see if I could prove my theories (despite my natural aversion to data collection!). So I put an option to record gender on the Rating Form. It was as simple as everything else related to the Excelsior Award. Students were simply asked to circle “male” or “female”… and then I’d have all the data I needed.

  2. Last week, I announced the winners of this year’s Excelsior Awards at the wonderful venue of St. Mary’s College in Hull (the 2017 City of Culture). Many thanks to the librarian there, Naomi Bedworth, for hosting the awards ceremony and offering a welcoming, relaxing and safe environment for all the students that attended. Thanks must also go to keynote speaker Robert Deas (writer/artist on Troy Trailblazer and The Horde Queen, the winner of last year’s Excelsior Award Junior) and the guys from Sheffield Space Centre and Biglin Graphics for putting on stalls for the kids.

    So let’s have a look at the awards themselves!