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Noadswood School prove they have what it takes in STEM

A team of five Year 10 students from Noadswood School, Southampton, have been sent to Bucharest, Romania after getting through to the final of a European-wide competition launched by ExxonMobil and Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Europe.

The winning students saw off stiff competition from 103 Leatherhead and Southampton pupils in the UK stage of the competition in Southampton back in February.

Coming first in the battle to solve a tough energy efficiency challenge, the students then joined 60 others from eight European countries at the three-day final of the European Sci-Tech Challenge in Bucharest from 21-23 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 science, technology, engineering or math (STEM ) oriented careers, such as chemical and mechanical engineering.

April Feick, Fawley’s ExxonMobil Chemical Manager said:

“The team did a great job against tough competition, and now join Europe’s top young science, maths and technology students in the battle for the top prize in April.

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

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

A team from Applemore Technology College, Southampton came second with a team from Therfield School, Leatherhead taking third place in the competition.

The challenge itself involved students coming up with an innovative solution for an energy efficient city of 1M people in the year 2040.   The competition was very tight, with all 21 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 Mercierca 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 Bucharest to compete for the top prize and I’d like to thank ExxonMobil for their support in this joint initiative.”