TeenTech wizards receive prize from The Duke of York

The KEVI students receive their award at the ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
The KEVI students receive their award at the ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

A trio of Morpeth teenagers were among those who picked up their science accolades from The Duke of York at a special ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

The King Edward VI School students holding up their certificates – left to right Alistair McCubbin, Jack Belisle and Tom Lawrence – were winners in the International Collaboration category for the TeenTech Awards 2015.

The successful entries in various sections were chosen by a panel of judges during the finals at The Royal Society earlier in the year.

The KEVI team’s entry was called ‘AidShip’ – an airship concept. It would transport aid to areas where natural disasters have occurred.

They benefited from a wealth of international collaboration with some of the world’s leading universities such as MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), The University of Arizona, The University of Pittsburgh, North Carolina School of Mathematics and Science and The University of New South Wales in Australia.

The students also collaborated with Kohtla-Jarve Ahtme Gymnasium, which is a school in Estonia, as well as with some of the world’s leading companies, including Airbus in Germany.

Student Voice, leadership and enrichment co-ordinator at KEVI, Victoria Najafi, second left, said: “I would like to thank The Duke of York and TeenTech’s founder and CEO Maggie Philbin for their support, encouragement and inspiration.

“I’m delighted that these three students have won such a prestigious award.”