UK final date for student engineers

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Talented pupils from Rastrick High School are one step closer to engineering victory after winning a place at a national final.

Rebecca Roberts, Louisa Page, Charlotte Town, Bethany Sykes, Rachel Bridge, and Heather Davies excelled in the heats of the National Science and Engineering Competition with a project that saw them produce an eco house that looks into various aspects of recycling.

The group will now represent the Yorkshire and Humber in the UK’s prestigious competition. They will go head-to-head with students from across the country in an attempt to claim one of the UK’s most sought-after engineering honours for young people.

The final, held at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham, is the UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering for young people.

The group’s shortlisted 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.

Rebecca said: “The National Science and Engineering Competition has taken me on an amazing journey and I’ve definitely got my sights set on the big prize whilst 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 me to realise that I 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 these Brighouse students have got through as finalists and wish them all the best for the national finals. This project really caught our imagination and we hope that it inspires other young people to enter the competition.

“We need to nurture a new generation of bright sparks, and the competition offers a great incentive to get youngsters experimenting and having fun with science and engineering.”

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