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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Young Millom boffins aim for science contest success at the double

TWO groups of youngsters will head to Birmingham this week to take part in two national science competitions.

The groups of pupils from Millom School will go to the NEC in Birmingham to attend and compete at the Big Bang Fair.

One group from the school will enter the Big Bang final, which will take place on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, both groups will enter the Talent 2030 competition at the same venue, exclusively for female scientists and engineers.

The senior group, in Year 10, are entering plans for a nuclear waste repository for the main competition.

After earning the STEM Inspiration Award at the regional final with the project in Liverpool last year, the group hope they can achieve the same success in Birmingham.

Skie Mitchell, 15, of Millom, has been working on the nuclear waste repository project in the senior group of students for over a year.

She said: “This is what we’ve been working towards all this time. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into it and it’s taught me a lot about the idea of a nuclear repository.

“It’s quite sad to know that we’re just about finished, but it’s good to see what we have achieved.”

The senior group will also enter their nuclear repository project in the Talent 2030 competition.

The junior team are taking part in Saturday’s competition with a project about the colonisation of Mars.

Their group have built a model rocket that doubles as a living space, all with movable furniture to save on space, and a futuristic appeal.

Iona Smith, 13, of Gosforth, is a member of the junior team. She said: “I’m excited. We’re also taking this to Liverpool later in the year and hope to compete in the Big Bang final next time around.”

The Big Bang final will be judged by leading scientists, including Professor Brian Cox.

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