Bredon scientists highly commended at BP awards - The Evesham Observer

Bredon scientists highly commended at BP awards

Evesham Editorial 28th May, 2019   0

YOUNG scientists from Bredon Hill Academy were awarded highly commended at the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge 2019 at the Science Museum in London for their innovative solution for asthma sufferers.

Sophie Garrett, Esme Lendon, Jemima Shaw and Lorna Simpson designed a wearable device that includes a watch, pedometer, heart rate monitor and inhaler which allows asthma sufferers to never be without their medication to relieve an asthma attack.

They were praised by the judges for their innovative scientific thinking, excellent presentation skills and passion for technology and engineering and were presented with the Highly Commended award by the judges of the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge 2019.

Now in its fifth year, the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge invites students aged 11 to 14-years-old to put their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills to the test by developing a a solution to a real-world problem.

The BP Ultimate STEM Challenge aims to bridge the gap by engaging young people with new challenges which highlight the benefit of STEM study and the array of careers available in STEM.

On the day, the 11 teams from 10 secondary schools presented their work to a panel which consisted of leading scientists and engineers including Bill Hedges, Chief Engineer at BP, Kerry Baker, Strategic Initiatives Lead at STEM Learning, Hilary Leevers, CEO of Engineering UK and Roger Highfield, Director of Science at the Science Museum.

Keith Bailey, science teacher at Bredon Hill Academy said: “Both the team and the school have worked really hard, so winning today is a fantastic reward for everybody’s effort.

“All the students here today deserve a lot of credit for their enthusiasm, innovation and teamwork.

“Giving these students the chance to present their ideas, and bring them face-to-face with leading engineers and scientists as positive role models, has given them a truly memorable experience,” he added.


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