A team of four students from Colyton Grammar School have been selected for the finals of the Ultimate STEM Challenge at the Science Museum in London in March.

The nationwide schools competition, launched in September 2015 by BP, STEMNET and the Science Museum, challenges UK students aged 11-14 to put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills to the test by tackling real-world problems.

Aimed at younger secondary school students yet to make their GCSE choices, the Ultimate STEM Challenge builds on the success of the BP Ultimate Field Trip, which has engaged nearly 3,000 UK STEM university students in the past five years, and lays the foundations for younger students considering studying STEM subjects before making their GCSE subject choices.

Schools from all over the country took part in the competition for a chance to attend a celebratory event at the Science Museum in London and win £500 for their school.

This year, students were invited to develop an energy efficient solution to one of three real-world challenges: Streamline Ships, Better Buildings or Trim Turbines.

The students going forward are Moris S, Mithal M, Grace S and Abhijit B in Year 8, who developed their best ideas for the Trim Turbine Challenge, where they had to come up with an efficient way to increase energy in wind turbines.

Mr Lynch, Physics Teacher and STEM Coordinator at the school, said: “We are extremely proud of Moris, Mithal, Grace and Abhijit. All their hard work and hours of dedication to their project have paid off. We are sure that they will do an excellent job of representing Colyton Grammar School at the final.”

Samantha Bulkeley, UK Schools Education Manager at BP, who sat on the judging panel, said: “I would like to congratulate the students of Colyton Grammar School in getting through to the finals. We were really impressed by the high standard across all the projects this year. The finalist entries really demonstrate the students’ passion for STEM and enthusiasm for experimental work, and the ability to use real world applications to solve the challenge. We look forward to seeing the students bring their projects to life at the finals in March.”

The six finalist teams will be presenting their work to an expert judging panel at the Science Museum during British Science Week. Following the presentations, the students will have the chance to participate in a day of fun science activities.

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