Students at Morpeth’s high school are looking to return laden with gongs next week as they compete in two national finals in two days.
Pupils at King Edward VI (KEVI) School have made it to the last stages of the 2016 edition of the TeenTech Awards and the Shine School Media Awards.
First up, on Monday, is the TeenTech Awards, which see students search for scientific and technological solutions to real problems across a range of categories.
The winners of each category will be invited by TeenTech’s patron, The Duke of York, to a reception at Buckingham Palace in the autumn and there are also cash prizes on offer for the winning schools.
KEVI has been shortlisted in the national final for the third time, a fantastic achievement, as only three schools are shortlisted in each category from across the UK.
Year 11 students Alistair McCubbin and Matthew Forster, and Year 10 student William Brown have invented Navband, a smart wristband which wirelessly communicates with a smartphone, to give directions through vibrations to a user, aiding the visually impaired and cyclists.
They have actually been shortlisted in two categories – Wearable Technology, and Research and Information Literacy – and have thoroughly enjoyed working with a range of high-profile universities, businesses and organisations from all over the world.
Last year, KEVI won the International Collaboration category and presented their work to the Duke of York in November 2015.
For the second consecutive year, student voice, leadership and enrichment coordinator, Victoria Najafi, has been shortlisted in the Teacher of the Year category.
Then, on Tuesday, four students will travel to Stationers’ Hall in the City of London to attend the Shine Awards, hoping to win the prize for Best Feature Article and Best Cover of their school magazine – Student Review.
Ms Najafi and her team of students – Frances McNaughton, Rose Mckean, Joseph Dale and Sarah Larby – are looking forward to a special day and returning with the trophies. This is the third consecutive year that KEVI has been shortlisted in the awards, which are judged by senior journalists and publishers.
There are prizes of £1,000 each for four of the top schools and nine winning students will win a day’s journalism workshop at the Times Educational Supplement offices in London.