Science and Technology Success for Katie and Emma
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 robotic challenge.
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.