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Monday, 12 December 2011
Two Bolton School girls, Katie Nightingale, aged 14 and Emma
Hussain, aged 13, have achieved a highly commendable third place in
the North-West Science and Technology Challenge Final, organised by
MCS Projects Ltd. The challenge days for mixed-school teams
made up of Years 8 and 9 pupils are run on university campuses
throughout Greater Manchester and London and are aimed at inspiring
and enriching students' education through practical applied science
and technology-related challenges.
Katie and Emma paired up with two pupils from nearby Rivington
and Blackrod High School and found themselves up against 26 other
teams of four so their progression to the final was by no means
guaranteed. The team won through to the final after
performing well at The University of Bolton where they undertook
tasks which included bridge building, using electronics to create a
self-righting buoy, designing and building a model car and a
The final, which was held at the University of Manchester, saw
just six teams of four compete from the original 720 entrants.
The day was run by students from the University of Kent and
was made up of forensic challenges including finger print analysis,
efit photo creation on laptops, blood splatter analysis and
tool impression identification from resin moulds.
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