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Green Girls from Noadswood School pack their bags for Europe!

Noadswood Winning Team


A team of students from Noadswood School, Southampton will be heading to Milan next month after getting through to the final of a European-wide competition launched by ExxonMobil and Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Europe.

Team Green Girls saw off stiff competition from 90 Leatherhead and Southampton students in the UK stage of the competition at the ExxonMobil  Fawley complex – the largest joint refining and chemicals site in Europe – on Wednesday 20 March.

Coming first in the battle to solve a tough energy efficiency challenge, the five Year 10 students will now join 60 others from eight European countries at the three-day final of the European Sci-Tech Challenge in Milan, Italy from April 17-19 April.

The Sci-Tech Challenge is part of an international programme sponsored by ExxonMobil and delivered by Young Enterprise / Junior Achievement Europe, which aims to excite 15-18 year-olds with the prospect of choosing maths, science and technology-orientated careers, such as chemical and mechanical engineering.

Nigel Burt, Community Affairs Manager from ExxonMobil at Fawley said: “The team did a great job against tough competition, and will now be joining Europe’s top young science, maths and technology students in the battle for the top prize in Milan in April.

“The Sci-Tech Challenge aims to highlight the importance of maths, science and technology, and Green Girls have proved they’ve got what it takes to represent the UK in Europe.

“I wish them the best of luck in the final in Milan and congratulations on getting this far.”

Green Girls narrowly beat Cooler Than Absolute Zero from Applemore School in Southampton who came second, and Not 2 Scale from Hounsdown School in Southampton, who came third in the competition.

The challenge itself involved students coming up with innovative energy and waste saving ideas in the design and construction of a new school. The competition was very tight, with all 18 teams participating demonstrating a high level of innovation and creativity.

The Sci-Tech Challenge is the third part of a programme of activities which operates in schools near ExxonMobil sites supported by ExxonMobil employee volunteers. The programme begins with an online quiz that tests students’ basic maths, science and technology skills.

Volunteers such as graduate engineers then go into the schools to talk to the students about the work they do and the career opportunities available.  The programme then culminates with The Sci-Tech Challenge. This year in the UK over 700 students from seven schools have taken part in the programme at various stages.

Young Enterprise Chief Executive Michael Mercieca said:

“All the students taking part in the eco-competition rose to the challenge and demonstrated that they’ve improved their maths, science and technology skills as a result of taking part in the programme.

“It is an amazing opportunity for the winning team to go to Milan to compete for the top prize and I’d like to thank ExxonMobil for their support in this joint initiative.”

The Sci-Tech Challenge is a three year international programme that will give close to 10,000 young people in secondary schools in nine European countries the opportunity to participate over three years.