New Forest students crowned UK winners of JA Europe business competition
A team of students from New Forest Academy will now compete against nine other countries after beating 19 other UK teams to get through to the final of a European-wide competition launched by ExxonMobil and Junior Achievement (JA) Europe.
The team from New Forest Academy saw off stiff competition from 100 Leatherhead and Southampton students in the UK stage of the competition in Southampton on Wednesday 24th February.
Coming first in the battle to solve a tough energy efficiency challenge, the five Year 10 students will now join 60 others from nine European countries to compete in the next stage of the competition
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.
Richard Henderson, Chemical Site Manager from ExxonMobil at Fawley said:
“The team did a great job against tough competition, and will now be competing against Europe’s top young science, maths and technology students.
The Sci-Tech Challenge aims to highlight the importance of maths, science and technology and the winning team have proved they’ve got what it takes to represent the UK in Europe.
I wish them the best of luck in the European final and congratulations on getting this far.”
A team from Noadswood School came second and a team from Therfield School in Surrey came third in the competition.
The challenge itself involved students coming up with an innovative solution for refineries that need to reduce water consumption from drinking water systems and reduce the amount of waste water discharged from their sites. The competition was very tight, with all 20 teams participating demonstrating a high level of innovation and creativity. The winners (pictured) of the New Forest Academy team are Caitlin Legg, Jessica Cavanagh, Polly Stephens, Isaac Dyer and Dylan Gillespie-Birch.
The Sci-Tech Challenge is the third part of a programme of activities which operate 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 Mercierca said:
“All the students taking part in the 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 students and I’d like to thank ExxonMobil for their support in this joint initiative.”