Pool Academy is a finalist in tech awards

Buzz the Bear has helped Pool Academy reach the finals of a glittering county tech awards night.

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The school mascot and his team have been invited to the Cornwall Live EDGE Awards at the end of this month.

They are in the running to scoop the title of Best School or College IT / Digital / Multi-Media Project category.

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The event has been organised for the very first time to celebrate digital and tech businesses in Cornwall.

Phil Jones, the school’s IT Network Manager, a Pool Academy student and their team successfully launched

Buzz the Bear

to the edge of space in a helium balloon. Also attached to the balloon was some high-tech equipment to help

trace the flight and a 360 camera to take photographs of the trip.

Mr Jones said: “It is great to have been shortlisted for the award. Buzz’s adventures into space have really captured people’s attention.

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“We have now had two successful space missions and have been pleased by the results, videos and images captured.

“Students, primary school children and even our local MP were impressed after watching footage of Buzz’s journeys.

“It is nice to know our technical engineering project, led by a student, has got so much recognition from

the community.”

The awards take place on November 30 at The Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay.

There will be a canapé and drink reception before the winners are announced.

Mr Jones said: “We are looking forward to attending the event and Buzz is already picking out what to wear

for the night.”