The annual competition, held at Sellafield’s Hinton House site, was aimed at Year 9 students to try to encourage their appreciation of STEM subjects and to open their eyes to the possible careers that could result from their study.

The competition was a full-day event where our Culcheth High School team of six students were required to work in their team to design and construct a bridge which would span a gap and be capable of supporting as much weight as possible. This was all done in order to try and win funding to attend the ‘Big Bang’ event at the NEC, Birmingham in March. Sellafield graduate mentors and Engineers were available to offer advice on matters such as further education, work experience and possible career paths, and our students were guided during their practical task towards considering a broad range of aspects such as cost and environmental impacts, not just the performance of their final solution.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the students who participated from all schools, and winning both the preliminary and main tasks was the icing on the cake! Sellafield representatives remarked on the fantastic team spirit and impeccable manners of the students, who were a tribute to the school;

“Thank you very much for attending the Big Bang event here at Sellafield Ltd, I hope you and your students enjoyed the day – I know myself and the rest of the Big Bang team certainly did! Many people commented on how well your students worked together in a team and how enthusiastic they were! It was great to see how involved they were in both the STEM presentation and the competition (even when they wanted to continue building their bridge during lunch!).”

Many thanks to Sellafield Ltd for the opportunity to take part in such a rewarding and interesting event, and of course, for supporting our students’ ‘Big Bang’ event dreams financially, and very well done to Sam Lea (9N), Michael Deeran (9I), Phillippa Makinson (9H), Reece Makinson (9A), Lucy Bilsborrow (9H) and Megan Pomphret (9H).

The students are very excited about being able to put the £700 prize money towards attending the up-coming Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham in March!