Portsmouth Regional Final: 24th May 2018
On Thursday 24th May, our last regional final of the year took place at the University of Portsmouth on the 24th May. We had 10 amazing teams from 3 schools – Cams Hill School, King Richard School and Park Community School.
On our judging panel we had Dr. Jess Mitchell (North England and Scotland Programme Coordinator) from S4TP; Steve Clark (Contracts Manger) from our business partner Tarmac; Susan Day (Stakeholder Engagement Manager) from our business partner SGN; and guest judges Jade Fuller, Local Growth Project Manager at Solent LEP; and Luke Helmer (PhD Researcher) and Maricar Jagger (Public Relations and Events Officer), both from the University of Portsmouth.
After the presentations, and whilst the judges had the difficult job of deciding on the winners, the teams were treated to a tour of the University of Portsmouth led by a team of student ambassadors. After much discussion, the judges returned to announce the results.
The team that came in third place was Fish4Fun from King Richard School. This team wanted to tackle the problem of homelessness by providing an education service focusing on teaching fishing skills.
In second place was Sea the Waste, from Cams Hill School. They wanted to encourage people to collect and clear waste from beaches by creating an Instagram campaign based on showcasing art made from items collected.
And the judges awarded first place to Workout Energy, also from Cams Hill School, who will be going to the Palace of Westminster to the National Final! Their entry focused on creating exercise equipment and gyms powered by kinetic energy. The judges were impressed by the teams’ presenting style and their understanding of the science behind the idea.
This is our first year working with schools in the Portsmouth area and I am incredibly proud to have watched the students’ ideas develop and to see all the schools work closely with mentors from both SGN and Tarmac.
Written by: Charlotte Hosier, S4TP Programme Coordinator, South East
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