Burgess Hill pupils set for Big Bang glory in national contest

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Talented pupils from St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill are one step closer to engineering victory after winning a place at the finals of the UK’s prestigious National Science and Engineering Competition.

Deagian Bartlett, Bertie Boakes, Nikki Martin, and Andrew Tripp excelled in the heats of the Competition with a project that saw them create a mathematical model to predict the vibration and noise levels in different receptors in order to deal with unexpected noise transmissions from an operating sewage works.

The group will now go head-to-head with students from across the country in an attempt to claim one of the UK’s most sought-after engineering honours for young people.

The group will now represent the South East as a region of rising young talent at the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition held at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham in March 2015 – the UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering for young people.

There, the group’s shortlisted entry will be showcased to over 60,000 visitors and they will come face-to-face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den style pitch process.

Deagian said: “The National Science + Engineering Competition has taken me on an amazing journey and I’ve definitely got my sights set on the big prize whilst at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham next March.

“The best and most important discoveries and inventions are down to science and engineering, and this contest has helped me to realise that I want to be a part of that in the future.”

Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association, which runs the National Science and Engineering Competition, commented:

”We’re thrilled that Deagian, Bertie, Nikki and Andrew have got through as finalists and wish them all the best for the national finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. This project really caught our imagination and we hope that it inspires other young people to enter the Competition.

We need to nurture a new generation of bright sparks, and the Competition offers a great incentive to get youngsters experimenting and having fun with science and engineering.”

Visit http://www.nsecuk.org/ for more information about this year’s competition.

Report contributed by Hope&Glory pr.