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Congratulations to our Year 9 STEM team Katie Tanner, James Pouncey, Heather Miller, Seth Johnson, Charlotte Davies and James Cooper who won the Sellafield Local Schools Big Bang Competition on Tuesday 12th February.

The 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. This full-day event took teams of six students from different schools in the area and required them to work in their team to design and construct a temporary bridge to carry a large piece of equipment across a river, in order to try and win funding to attend the ‘Big Bang’ event at the NEC, Birmingham in March. students had to assume a range of roles from different types of engineers to environmental scientist. 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.

Sellafield staff commented on how enthusiastic, focused and motivated our students were in their task and how they worked together to overcome problems that arose with their design. Each bridge was tested and judged by a number of senior engineers from Sellafield. Many thanks to Sellafield Ltd for the opportunity to take part in such a rewarding and interesting event.

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