TWO talented young students from Chester are celebrating after being awarded at the prestigious National Science & Engineering Competition at The Big Bang: UK Scientists’ & Engineers’ Fair.
Jessica Birt from Bishops' Bluecoat High School in Great Boughton made it to the finals in the senior age group of the Science and Maths category in the competition.
Jessica studied the daily activities and effects of a number of environmental factors on the behaviour of two giant otters – one of the rarest mammals in zoos.
Benjamin Moss from The Kings School in Chester made it to the finals in the senior age group of the Engineering and Technology category.
His project comprised of a robotic finger design. Benjamin used low powered lasers and fibre optics to create his robotic finger.
Professor Brian Cox, one of the judges of the National Science & Engineering Competition, said: “The standard of entries was outstanding and the judging process proved much harder than expected.
“The judges were left truly overwhelmed by all the finalist’s projects and it’s wonderful to witness such enthusiasm and dedication from young people, such as Jessica and Benjamin. It’s left me hugely excited about the future of science and engineering in the UK.”
The finals took place at The Big Bang - the country’s biggest celebration of science and engineering for young people.
The judging panel comprised of a number of revered and accomplished academics and industry practitioners from across the UK and prizes were awarded by Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir John Beddington.