Princethorpe College student’s design makes UK final

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A talented pupil from Princethorpe College is one step closer to engineering victory after winning a place in the finals of the UK’s prestigious National Science and Engineering Competition.

Luke Marsden excelled in the heats of the competition with a project that saw him build a collapsible kite buggy for outdoor use, which is capable of being dismantled for transportation by car. He will now go head-to-head with students from across the country in an attempt to claim one of the UK’s most sought-after engineering honours for young people.

Luke will represent the West Midlands at the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition held at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham in March .

There, Luke’s shortlisted entry will be showcased to over 60,000 visitors and he will come face-to-face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch process.

Luke said: “The National Science and Engineering Competition has taken me on an amazing journey and I’ve definitely got my sights set on the big prize whilst at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham next March. The best and most important discoveries and inventions are down to science and engineering, and this contest has helped me to realise that I want to be a part of that in the future.”

Imran Khan, chief executive of the British Science Association which runs competition, said: “I am thrilled that Luke has got through as a finalist and I wish him all the best for the national finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. This project really caught the imagination of the regional judges and I hope that it inspires other young people to enter the competition in March.”

Visit www.nsecuk.org for more information.