Girls from Portsmouth High School have been selected for the finals of the Ultimate STEM Challenge at the Science Museum in London on 14 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.
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.
Rachel Barham and Chloe Wildsmith, both 14, developed their best ideas for the Designing a Streamline Ship Challenge, where they had to come up with an efficient design for a large tanker ship.
Mrs Amy Davies, Science teacher at Portsmouth High School, said:
The girls have worked extremely hard and produced an very imaginative design. They planned, carried out and evaluated their design thoroughly showing a high level of scientific knowledge.’
Samantha Bulkeley, UK Schools Education Manager at BP, who sat on the judging panel, said:
‘I would like to congratulate the girls of Portsmouth High 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 on 14 March during British Science Week.
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