Saint Felix School scientists reach finals of national competition
- Credit: Ronan Kearney
Young scientists from Saint Felix School have participated in the finals of a national competition.
Having triumphed in the Eastern Regional preliminary rounds, pupils from Saint Felix School in Reydon, near Southwold, attended the finals of the Big Bang Competition last week.
The youngsters, aged between 12 and 13, went to the NEC in Birmingham to battle it out with the 600 other finalists from across the country in the science and engineering competition.
The team, consisting of Year 8 pupils Elodie Whyte, Eirinn Cross, Brooke Oram and Joshua Stephens, presented a study into the 'Global health threats and how to treat them' which scooped first place in the Junior Biology category in the regional qualifying rounds.
While they were unable to replicate that success in the finals, the team were praised for the hard work they had put into the project.
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Which they had enhanced in the months since the regional heats by teaching and quizzing their fellow pupils using apps and even an online animation they created themselves.
Science and psychology teacher, at Saint Felix School, Ronan Kearney said: 'Everyone at Saint Felix is so proud of the team for getting this far.
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'The enthusiasm and effort that they put in to this project has been brilliant and although they were disappointed not to win, we had a fantastic few days and it's been a really good experience for them to see the kinds of careers that are built on STEM skills.'
During their time at the show, the children saw a number of impressive theatre shows and experiments and were able to explore the 150 interactive stands and workshops on offer, including finding out how the Ministry of Defence use science for virtual practice of combat situations like driving in war zones.
The Big Bang Competition and Fair, held in Birmingham, is the largest exhibition for young UK scientists and engineers in the country and the competition aims to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
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