Pupils make a Big Bang with project

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

● A GROUP of stu­dents from Widnes have made it to the UK fi­nal of a science and en­gi­neer­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The stu­dents who are from Wade Dea­con High School, were se­lected af­ter their ‘ex­cit­ing project’ caught the eye of judges of The Big Bang UK Young Sci­en­tists And En­gi­neers Com­pe­ti­tion.

The team of 13 year eight pupils, made up of Jamie Mc­Quil­lan, Annabelle McGrath, Lily Brown, Kate Nick­els, Abi­gail Den­ton, Dawn Wood­ward, Ma­cie McNally, Emma Hol­gate, Sam Bar­row, Lucy Gre­gory, Emma Gray, El­lie Hat­ton Daly and Ge­or­gia Green­wood were an­nounced as one of the win­ners of the re­gional heats at The Big Bang North West, with their project ‘Mer­aki Aquapon­ics’.

As part of the Farm Ur­ban en­gage­ment at a Big Bang @ Event the team en­coun­tered a self build aquapon­ics sys­tem. They then de­vel­oped the sys­tem fur­ther and pro­duces a pre­sen­ta­tion and ac­com­pa­ny­ing prod­ucts.

Mark Tit­ter­ing­ton, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Engi­neer­ingUK said: “The team from Wade Dea­con High School re­ally im­pressed the judges with their project and we’re ex­cited to see how they do at the UK fi­nals. It is a huge achieve­ment to progress to this stage of The Com­pe­ti­tion, Jamie, Annabelle, Lily, Kate, Abi­gail, Dawn, Ma­cie, Emma, Sam, Lucy, Emma, El­lie and Ge­or­gia should be in­cred­i­bly proud to take up their place and com­pete at The Big Bang Fair in March.

The Big Bang Fair will be go­ing into its 11th year in 2019 and con­tin­ues to be a great source of STEM in­spi­ra­tion for young peo­ple, rep­re­sent­ing an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for young vis­i­tors, their teach­ers and par­ents to get hands-on with a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, work­shops and shows, and en­gage in mean­ing­ful ca­reer con­ver­sa­tions with pro­fes­sion­als, all de­signed to bring class­room learn­ing to life and in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion.”

The stu­dents will be in­vited to at­tend the com­pe­ti­tion fi­nals, which are tak­ing place at The Big Bang Fair at Birm­ing­ham’s NEC in March 2019. Here, they will com­pete for top prizes in­clud­ing the cov­eted ti­tle of UK Young En­gi­neer and GSK UK Young Sci­en­tist Of The Year.

Wade Dea­con High School, Widnes

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