On Monday 13th May, our North England teams from schools in Leeds, Bradford, Doncaster and Halifax descended upon the University of Leeds for a fantastic day of presentations and tours.
Our 10 teams represented five schools within the region; Dixons Allerton Academy and St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College from Bradford; Bishop Young CofE Academy from Leeds; The Halifax Academy from Calderdale and Hall Cross Academy from Doncaster. All teams delivered 5-minute presentations in front of a packed audience including the other schools, judges, family members and business mentors.
Our judging panel included representatives from business partners Tarmac and IGEM, plus the University of Leeds, and UnLtd. All the judges had the chance to question teams in more detail about their ideas before retiring to make the very difficult decision as to who would be awarded automatic qualification into the National Finals! This is not a decision I would have wanted the responsibility of making as this year saw an impressive number of prototypes helping to enhance the team’s presentations – the quality of presentations and business plans was amazing, as was the passion and enthusiasm of this year’s finalists.
Whilst the judges deliberated, our teams were given a tour of the university by some of its fantastic Student Ambassadors. After a quick break, it was back to business with the judges ready to announce our top three teams!
Lovelife, The Halifax Academy: A fantastic bracelet containing sensors designed to take your blood pressure and heart rate, calling emergency services when needed. This group really stood out, with judges praising the students holistic approach to health.
Wind Wheels, Bishop Young Academy: This team of year 9s tackled pollution from vehicles by developing wind turbines that could be retrofitted to cars providing a sustainable form of energy. Seeing a working prototype of this really impressed the judges, who were also impressed at the team’s ability to able to answer their particularly challenging questions!
Bee Aware, Hall Cross Academy: This team are passionate about protecting existing bee habitats, educating younger generations about the importance of bees and creating new and exciting habitats. The judges were particularly impressed that the team was already generating income and had a very well-researched and well-presented idea.
Bee Aware gain automatic qualification to the National Final being held at the Palace of Westminster on June 26th.
We wish team Bee Aware the best of luck as they prepare for the National Final. However, we want to congratulate ALL the students who presented on Monday – they are truly inspirational role models and each team is a winner in our eyes.
Written by: Claire Fitton, S4TP Programme Coordinator, North England
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