Teesside High students scoop two national Science awards

Monday 20 March 2017 | By Samantha Hockney

A team of three Year 10 students at Teesside High School have been awarded two national Science prizes in the Big Bang Fair competition.

Gabriella, Hannah and Jenni received the Future Water Association “Water Dragons” Winners prize for creative thinking around water and were also highly commended in the Protecting the Environment Special Prize at the Big Bang Fair National Final event, held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) last week.

The girls secured their place at the event after being crowned winners of the Application of Science Award at the Big Bang Fair’s regional competition held at Teesside University in June 2016. Their project, entitled ‘Could Algae Save the World?’ explores the growth of algae and the various methods which could be put into practice to turn the organism into biofuel.

The project’s success has enabled the girls to present to British astronaut Major Tim Peake and meet renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock in recent months.

Katie Ward, Head of Physics at Teesside High School, said: “Everyone at Teesside High School is incredibly proud of Gabby, Hannah and Jenni.

“The girls’ knowledge and application of Science shone through at both Big Bang Fair events and I am thrilled that their talent and hard work has been recognised with two national awards.

“We now have the opportunity to enter a further competition with the Future Water Association which could culminate in a visit to Stockholm to showcase the project on the continent.

“I cannot wait to see where this will take Gabby, Hannah and Jenni in the future.”

Hannah said: “The Big Bang Fair National Final was an incredible experience which brought together a huge Science community. We learnt so much and came back buzzing with ideas of how we could expand our project further.

“We came under intense questioning from the judges but it was all worth it. We are really happy to come back to School with our awards.”