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A group of students from Shaftesbury School have been selected to compete at the UK finals of a science and engineering competition after their exciting project caught the eye of judges. The team of Year 7 and 8 pupils from the school will now take their place in this year’s The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

The team, made up of Madeline Hughes, Leo Roberts, Kajal Taak, Tilly Miles, Josie Hopkins and Thomas Flower, has been announced as one of the winners of the online heats at The Big Bang Fair, with their project titled ‘The Shaftesbury School Digital Lightboard’.

As part of the project, the team used their school’s Lightboard studio facility to create engaging and relevant video content for students. They achieved this by researching preferred styles of video, desired content for learning in lessons and optimal platforms for delivery.

Dr Hilary Leevers, chief executive, EngineeringUK said: ‘“The team from Shaftesbury School really impressed the judges with their project and we’re excited to see how they do at the UK finals. It is a huge achievement to progress to this stage of The Competition and they should be incredibly proud to take up their place and compete at The Big Bang Fair in March 2020.

‘Going into its twelfth year in 2020, The Big Bang Fair continues to be a great source of STEM inspiration for young people, providing an amazing opportunity for young visitors, their teachers and parents to get hands-on with a wide range of activities, workshops and shows, and engage in meaningful career conversations with professionals, all designed to bring classroom learning to life and inspire the next generation.’

The team will be invited to attend the competition finals, which are taking place at The Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC in March 2020. Here, they will vie for top prizes including the coveted title of GSK UK Young Engineer and GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year.

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