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Pupils from St Katherine's School presenting their work at the Innovation Awards 2005
Pupils from St Katherine's School presenting their work at the Innovation Awards 2005

Internal News - 13 March 2006

University hosts Innovation Awards for local schoolchildren

Around 500 children aged 11-16 from over 40 secondary schools will be showcasing their project work during National Science Week in an event which celebrates creativity in science, design and technology, and ICT. The Innovation Awards take place on Tuesday 14 March.

Schools across the south-west were issued a number of project challenges in early September. Topics included: investigating what makes a healthy body, producing a piece of music using a computer, and designing and making a new puzzle or game.

Tomorrow pupils will present projects they have developed from these challenges to judges from higher education and industry.

All pupils taking part are entered for a BA CREST Award (a national scheme which recognises excellence in creative project work in science and technology) and overall winners will receive cash prizes.

The event is organised by Wessex SETPOINT, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes science, engineering and technology to young people. Director John Trickett said: “This is a great chance for pupils to develop scientific and technological competency and improve their communication skills through the presentation of their projects to experts.”

Matthew Young from Rolls-Royce, which funds the event, said: “Rolls-Royce is keen to champion innovation at all levels and projects such as this are a great way of generating real interest and enthusiasm in science and technology.”

Othe activities include programming a robot, rocket building and various tasks related to the Brunel 200 project, celebrating the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel engineer. They will be entertained by a Brunel actor and can enter an ‘Ideas for Bristol’ competition to be in with the chance of winning a substantial cash prize.

The Innovation Awards will take place in the University’s Founders’ Sports Hall. Competition and judging commences at 10am, prizes will be awarded at 2.30pm.