Talented schoolgirls reach national science finals

Bede School students(left to right) Erin Todd, Alex Livingston, Emma Masters, Ellie Dawson and Amber Wardpictured with some of their project work.
Bede School students(left to right) Erin Todd, Alex Livingston, Emma Masters, Ellie Dawson and Amber Wardpictured with some of their project work.

TALENTED school pupils are a step closer to victory in a science contest after winning a place in the finals of the UK’s prestigious National Science and Engineering Competition.

St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School pupils Erin Todd, Amber Ward, Alex Livingston, Emma Masters and Elle Dawson excelled in the heats of the competition with a project that researched alternative renewable energy sources.

The team, from the school, in Westway, Peterlee, will now go head-to-head with students from across the country as they represent the North-East at the finals of the competition, held at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham, in March next year.

Their short-listed entry will be showcased to more than 60,000 visitors and they will come face-to-face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch process.

Erin said: “The National Science and Engineering Competition has taken us on an amazing journey and we’ve definitely got my sights set on the big prize while at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham next March.

“The best and most important discoveries and inventions are down to science and engineering, and this contest has helped us to realise that we want to be a part of that in the future.”

Imran Khan, chief executive of the British Science Association which runs the National Science and Engineering Competition, said: “We’re thrilled that Erin, Amber, Alex, Emma and Elle have got through as finalists and wish them all the best for the national finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. This project really caught our imagination and we hope that it inspires other young people to enter the competition.

“The competition offers a great incentive to get youngsters experimenting and having fun with science and engineering.”

People have until October 31 to enter by logging onto: www.nsecuk.org