Who we are
CAST Education have been inspiring young people in Norfolk for 20 years. Using games, experiments, demonstrations and live shows we have brought science to life for thousands of students from 4-18. Research has shown that we face a skills shortage of scientists and engineers and that students in Norfolk have low levels of aspiration. We help to solve these problems by supporting interest and success in science and showcasing opportunities.
The science quiz
Our most popular event is Top Class in Science, a picture based science quiz for primary and secondary school pupils. The quiz invites whole classes of students to compete against other schools in a real-time competition testing knowledge and understanding of science. The winners of each year group then face each other in a live final with interactive games and challenges.
The quiz has run successfully for 12 years but a web platform ,which when developed, was cutting edge now looks tired and new technology means we can enhance the quiz, allowing more people to participate and making the site more flexible, efficient and attractive.
COVID-19 means that it is likely online learning will remain a key part of the education of young people for some time. Our new platform will be a useful tool which teachers can use to test children and the gamification of science will make learning fun.