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Teams of pupils from schools in the South West were challenged in January to work on science projects for the competition

Press Release - 18 July 2008

Bath pupils shine at Rolls Royce Innovation Awards 2008

Four pupils from Oldfield School have scooped a major science accolade at the Rolls Royce Innovation Awards, held at the University of Bath.

Over 500 pupils from 33 schools from across the South West took part in the event, which was held in the Founders Sports Hall.

Teams of pupils were challenged at the start of the year to work on various science projects, which they presented to 60 judges from 30 different companies and organisations across the region.

Pupils also took part in various activities during the day, these included: designing a wind turbine; engineering an air-powered vehicle, building a crane and programming a robot.

The winning team of four 12-year-old girls from Oldfield School in Bath, beat competition from older pupils to win their science category with a project submission titled: How clean are you?

The project involved market research and scientific testing of shampoos. The team found the three most popular brands on the market and tested their impact on samples of hair.

The girls specifically focused on the results in terms of bacteria, cleanliness and strength.

The judges rewarded their purpose, science knowledge and clear conclusions with a first prize award.

Dr David Robson, Key Stage 3 Science Co-ordinator at Oldfield School said: “It is the first time the school has won a major science award and we are delighted.

“It was well deserved; the girls worked hard and put much thought and effort into their project.

“The judges were excellent. They were thoroughly professional and they really valued the work the students had done. The day was well organised and it gave the pupils a great sense of achievement.”

The team from Oldfield School are so pleased to have won, they are already planning to build on their success with an entry into the competition next year.

The awards ceremony was organised by Wessex Setpoint, part of the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, which aims to inspire young people about science, engineering and maths.

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