Ideas take flight to final of competition

The TeenTech Awards finalists from KEVI with TeenTech founder Maggie Philbin.

The TeenTech Awards finalists from KEVI with TeenTech founder Maggie Philbin.

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INNOVATIVE ideas for future technologies have won a group of Morpeth school students a place in the final round of a national competition.

The children from King Edward VI School contacted NASA scientists in the USA and Airbus experts in Germany to put together their initial plans.

And they impressed the TeenTech Awards judges, who put the teams into the grand final of the Transport and Future of Food categories.

They will present their completed proposals to a panel of top science and technology celebrities at The Royal Society in London on June 24.

Victoria Najafi, Student Voice, Leadership and Enrichment Co-ordinator at KEVI, said: “It is a fantastic achievement to have finalists in two categories of such a national competition.

“Year 10 students Herman Jonas, Daniel Larby and Adam Cowan are finalists in Transport and continue to collaborate with Airbus to develop their project ahead of the grand final.

“Rioghan Bruce and Harry Shashoua, who are in Year 9, continue to work with NASA to develop their idea for Future of Food.

“We’re incredibly proud of them and they are all very excited at the prospect of going to London to showcase their fantastic proposals. We eagerly await the results of the Journalism category to see if we have done the hat-trick.”

The awards enable young people to make real-life contact with experts in the world of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Thousands of pounds in cash prizes are on offer for schools and the overall winning team will be invited to tea with the Duke of York.

TeenTech founder Maggie Philbin, a former BBC Tomorrow’s World presenter, said: “We’ve been bowled over by entries demonstrating not only imagination, but real commitment to projects that some students have clearly worked on for months.”