Peterlee pupils gunning for science contest victory

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TALENTED school pupils are a step closer to victory in a science contest after winning a place in the finals of the UK’s prestigious National Science and Engineering Competition.

St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School pupils Erin Todd, Amber Ward, Alex Livingston, Emma Masters and Elle Dawson excelled in the heats of the competition with a project that researched alternative renewable energy sources.

The team, from the school in Westway, Peterlee, will now go head-to-head with students from across the country as they represent the North East at the finals of the competition, held at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham, in March next year.

Their shortlisted entry will be showcased to more than 60,000 visitors, and they will come face-to-face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den-style process.

Erin said: “The National Science and Engineering Competition has taken us on an amazing journey.”