Sixth former’s invention impresses judges in national science competition

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A young aspiring engineer from south Warwickshire has made it to the final of a national science competition for teenagers.

Michael Gucluer, a sixth form student at Princethorpe College, impressed judges in the regional heats of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition with his electronic scoring device, which can be programmed to keep score for example in sports and games.

He will go on to join around 200 other project teams from across the UK in the finals, which take place at the Birmingham NEC in March 2017.

The annual competition, which aims to help build skills and confidence in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), is open to 11 to 18-year-olds. Participants compete to win prizes such as international experiences worth more than £50,000 and awards such as UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of the Year.

Michael said: “Having the opportunity to put theory into practice has been great fun and has given me an idea of just how interesting a career in engineering could be. To be through to the national final is the icing on the cake – I can’t wait to show off the project again and hope to come back from the UK finals in March with an award.”

Online entries are still open until 20 November. www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/competition