Talented teenager wins top science prize

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Talented teenager Joshua Harvey has been recognised by a national trust for his love and work with physics.

The 17-year-old, from East Boldon, has been honoured by The Ogden Trust for his work in designing and building a clockwork model of the solar system, known as an orrery, which shows the speed in which the planets rotate around each other.

Joshua was able to use his Newcastle school’s computer science equipment to help design the model and he is now working with the engineering department to bring his design to life.

He was nominated for the prize by his physics teacher, Tom McNaught-Roberts.

Joshua, who is studying A-level physics, chemistry and maths, and hopes to study astrophysics at Durham University, said: “Being recognised by The Ogden Trust was a lovely surprise because I started to build the orrery as part of a project at school and had no idea my teacher had nominated me for an award.

“It’s a special award and is great that I have the opportunity to gain additional support for my future studies.”