Five students from Portslade Aldridge Community Academy were finalists in the National Science + Engineering Competition 2016 when its staged its National Awards Ceremony as part of the annual Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham in March.
The National Science + Engineering Competition, organised by the British Science Association, is an annual contest open to pupils aged between 11-18, and gives participants the chance to compete for top prizes and international experiences worth over £50,000.
Dexter Shepherd, Morgan Pile, Joshua Hassett, Harry Smith and Guolin Yang were selected from thousands of applicants to make it through to the Finals. Although the top prize went to Watford Grammar School for Girls the PACA team did a brilliant job of presenting their “Starburst Element” project and had a great time enjoying the many activities at the event, such as high-octane theatre shows, over 150 interactive stands, experiences in virtual reality, film and TV, space exploration, explosive chemistry, crime-solving, robots, computer coding and microscopic bugs.
Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association, which runs the National Science + Engineering Competition, commented:
“I am so pleased to see that PACA has made it through to the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition. Their work impressed the regional judges. The standard of work from the finalists this year has been incredibly high, and it is so inspiring to see such creative and thought-provoking projects from the young people who enter the Competition. It is fantastic to see these young scientists and engineers go on and become advocates for science, both in the sector and beyond.”