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Rugby High School students wow judges at national science competition

Andy Morris 15th Mar, 2019   0

TRIUMPHANT students at a national science competition wowed judges with their project – and their teamwork skills.

Rugby High School (RHS) students Jessica Batchelor, Eleanor Culliford, Imogen Day, Alexandra Farren, Beril Uzun and Samudi Wickramaratne won the Royal Air Force Teamwork Award at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition for their Eco Factory project.

The team built a scale model of a factory complete with solar panels, wind turbines, grey water systems, a living roof with a layer of vegetation, and other designs which conserve heat, electricity and water.

They beat over 500 other finalists from across the UK to win certificates and a science, technology, engineering and mathematics engagement day for their school.

RHS head of physics Susan Mighall said everyone at the school was very proud of the team.

“The girls are so excited to have won,” she said. “They worked so hard in the build up to the competition modifying their model, designing posters and visiting a local factory for more eco inspiration.

“We know their success will be a real inspiration for other students in the school carrying out science project work.”

Eco Factory is the sixth RHS team to win a prize at the awards. The school has been represented at every final since the competition began 12 years ago, with over 20 teams making it through.

Susan added: “The standard is so high these days that winning something this year is a real accomplishment.”

Beril Uzun said the team set out to design a large scale building to have minimal environmental impact and reduce problems such as global warming.

Beril Uzun, Jessica Batchelor, Alex Farren, Imogen Day and Eleanor Culliford with their Eco Factory project. Also on the team but not pictured is Samudi Wickramaratne.

She said: “Our eco factory has typical features like solar panels and wind turbines, but we have also included a biological roof for insulation and to minimise rain runoff. We have also incorporated grey water collection for flushing toilets.

“We’ve learned much more about engineering, design and environmental impacts and we are keen to promote awareness.

“We were proud, excited and really satisfied that the project all came together.”

The Big Bang Competition is an annual contest designed to reward young people’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths, as well as helping them build skills and confidence in project-based work.

The Royal Air Force Teamwork Award is given to a project which demonstrates excellent team working skills.

Wing Commander Russell Barnes, Youth and STEM lead for the RAF, said: “All of the projects were creative and really inspiring which made judging really difficult.

“The work by this year’s winners was particularly impressive. These talented young people will make incredible future scientists and engineers.”

Hilary Leevers, the chief executive of competition organisers EngineeringUK, said: “It bodes well for the future that the scientists, engineers and inventors of tomorrow are already producing such astute and creative project work.”

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