Pupils’ inventions impress celebrities

Professor Brian Cox with KEVI students Herman Jones, Adam Cowan and Daniel Larby at the TeenTech Awards national final in London.

Professor Brian Cox with KEVI students Herman Jones, Adam Cowan and Daniel Larby at the TeenTech Awards national final in London.

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A GROUP of Morpeth teenagers impressed some popular television stars at a national competition.

Students from King Edward VI School displayed their work at The Royal Society in London after three of its entries were short-listed for the final round of the TeenTech Awards.

And at the event they wowed a host of high-profile judges and celebrities, including Professor Brian Cox and Top Gear’s James May.

Year 10 students Daniel Larby, Adam Cowan and Herman Jonas were named as national finalists in the Transportation category for their invention of the VAKHAWK – a vacuum train – and Year 9 pupils Rioghan Bruce and Harry Shashoua were selected for Future of Food after their Floodbag 3000-i project impressed the panel.

Angus Kirk, who is in Year 11, was among the finalists in the Journalism section.

Victoria Najafi, Student Voice, Leadership & Enrichment Co-ordinator at KEVI, said: “It was an amazing and memorable day for all of the students involved.

“To have six short-listed from one school in three separate categories out of 350 national entries was an incredible achievement.

“It was a great feeling for all of the students to show off their achievements in the capital in such a prestigious building and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting the television presenters.

“Students have already started working on their entry for next year.”

The TeenTech Awards, initiated by Maggie Philbin, encourage young people to develop a product or idea and give them an opportunity to speak with experts in the world of science, technology, engineering and maths.