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Pupils take up the challenge

Representing last years winner of the STEM Skills Challenge Millfield Science and Performing Arts College head teacher Sean Bullen with Cuadrillas Justine Azzopardi and Bob Thompson.

Representing last years winner of the STEM Skills Challenge Millfield Science and Performing Arts College head teacher Sean Bullen with Cuadrillas Justine Azzopardi and Bob Thompson.

Calling all Fylde high schools! The Young Engineers STEM Skills challenge is back – and the competition needs schools to get involved.

Organisers say the 2014 competition needs the participation of all schools in Blackpool and the Fylde to help ignite the event.

The challenge, run by The Gazette and Cuadrilla Resources and supported by Blackpool and The Fylde College, encourages pupils to apply their knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and compete against schools in and around the area.

Last year saw Millfield Science College take the top prize of £10,000 to spend on state of the art equipment .

The school spent their well-earned winnings on a £2,000 glass fusion printer for technology classes, £500 on maths and motion software and a weather station and underwater camera.

Now 2014 brings the opportunity for Fylde coast schools to compete again for the top prize of £12,000, with the runner up receiving £2,000, courtesy of Centrica and Cuadrilla Resources.

The main objective of the project is to encourage students to enjoy the challenge of problem solving, whilst using science and mathematics and working as a team.

Schools are asked to nominate four pupils from Year 9/10 to take part in the competition which will take place on Monday February 10 at Blackpool and The Fylde college.

However, this year brings an twist where schools will only have the task revealed to them on the day of the event.

Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, said: “We have a need to inspire tomorrow’s engineers and launching Young Engineers 2014 – a STEM challenge will aim to engage Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre school pupils, aged 13-15, in a fun and exciting way.”

Register your school’s participation NOW, by calling The Gazette promotions team on 01253 361843 or email promotions@blackpoolgazette.co.uk.

 
 
 

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