Pool Academy students enter national competition to help world problems

Pool Academy students are set to enter a national competition to help solve world environment problems.

The Ultimate STEM Challenge is calling on young people to come up with ways to protect the earth from global warming.

Jack Jones, science teacher at Pool Academy, said groups of three or four students will be working on a project to figure out how to create bio gas from food waste.

Submissions are due in January and those taking part in the competition are meeting after school at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club.

Judges have revealed they will be looking for a number of outstanding qualities including good, scientific methods, creativity and a passion for the project.

Students will be expected to have a hypothesis, proof of research, fair tests, ability to replicate results, analysis of results, evidence and a clearly explained conclusion.

Mr Jones said: “This is an exciting competition and there will be students competing from many different schools across the country.

“It will be a hands on project which we can also use to go towards the STEM Awards.

“Winning a competition like this would definitely help improve students’ knowledge of practical science. This is a sought after skill in the modern workforce.

“I wish all our students taking part luck and look forward to seeing what they come up with.”

The competition is for people between 11 years old and 14 years old. The final judging will be held at the Ultimate STEM Challenge Final Event in the Science Museum during March next year.

The overall winning team will receive £500 for science equipment for the school or a science trip.

Other finalists at the event will be given a goody bag.