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Crawley students show MPs their skills

Date: November 7, 2016

Crawley students show MPs their skills

Young scientists from schools in Crawley had the opportunity to present their work to politicians at a special event in the Houses of Parliament this week.

Two teams of students, from St Wilfrid’s Catholic College and Oriel High School, were chosen to represent the South-East region at the Big Bang at Parliament on 31 October, an event that was organised by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee and Engineering UK to mark Engineers Week 2016.

The St Wilfrid’s and Oriel teams both won top awards at the 2016 Big Bang Fair South East in June and will compete in the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers competition in March.

St Wilfrid’s students Gina Ardines, Vienna Cooper and Naina Trivedi, all aged 15, presented their award-winning project “The Effects of Music on School Students” to MPs and engineering employers.

The project looks at different types of music and the effects it has on students’ heart rates. Using techniques learned in their Maths lessons, the students discuss whether music can have a beneficial effect in the treatment of anxiety.

Thirteen-year-olds Daniel Clark and Tyler Whiteoak, from Oriel High School, discussed their project “Bacterial Growth in Lights,” which won two awards at the Big Bang Fair in June, with MPs and engineering bosses.

The project exposes samples of bacteria from saliva to different wavelengths of energy from the electromagnetic spectrum to discover whether they hinder growth. Both teams’ projects were highly praised at the Big Bang Fair South East.

The students were nominated for the event in Parliament by STEM Sussex, the not-for-profit outreach department of the University of Brighton and organisers of the Big Bang Fair South East.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “It is wonderful to have pupils from local schools in Crawley provided with the opportunity to show off their hard work at such a special event.

“STEMfest is fantastic at enabling these opportunities for local pupils and continuing to see the enthusiasm for STEM subjects grow each year with more pupils taking part is just superb.”

The Big Bang Fair South East 2017 takes place at the South of England Showground on 28 June and will be the culmination of the sixth annual Crawley STEMfest.

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The University of Brighton through STEM Sussex will be hosting Crawley STEMfest in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Crawley College.

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