Thursday, 27 March 2014

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School team wins Science Challenge

Winning Team from
Lancaster Girls' Grammar School

As part of National Science Engineering Week, and to celebrate Lancaster University’s 50th anniversary, 160 students from across the region came to the Bailrigg campus to compete in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Schools Challenge.

Teams from Lancaster Girl’s Grammar School, Ripley St Thomas, Morecambe High, Walney, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Kirkbie Kendal, Queen Katherine, Dallam, Stonyhurst and Heysham High were split into teams of four to compete in four challenges.

Students were put to the test making fuel cells to power motors, building hologram-like projection stages using iPads, designing and firing bottle-rockets and making precision measurements.

The winning team, from Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, were presented with the Simon Martindale shield, named in memory of a local science teacher from Morecambe High school, and £250 worth of new library books for the school.

This year Lancaster University has launched a £1.7 million Engineering Design Academy which will help boost the performance of more than 128 small and medium enterprises and bolster the North West's engineering skills-base. The academy will safeguard 90 jobs and help to create an additional 43 jobs in the region.

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