Year 7 pupils' renewables presentation wins ICE Inspire competition

Winners of this year's STEM competition in the North East have been announced.

The winning team from Kepier School.
The winning team from Kepier School.

A group of Year 7 students from Kepier School in the North East have won the ICE Inspire competition sponsored by Costain.

The winning team from the school in Houghton-Le-Spring, Sunderland, impressed judges with their excellent teamwork telling an audience about different types of renewable energy.

By taking home first prize, the children won £150 for their school. 

Following closely behind was Egglescliffe School in Stockton, where one young pupil, Matilda, won the 2nd prize due to her  presentation on hydrogen. Every team at Egglescliffe also received a special recognition award due to their worthy entries and presentations.

How are civil engineers creating a sustainable world?

To combat the skills shortage within the UK engineering industry, ICE North East set up the competition to  inspire the next generation of civil engineers. Year 7 students, as well a those in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) clubs, from schools in the North East were invited to take part in the annual competition. 

Teams that entered Inspire had to produce a two-minute video and answer the question, 'How are civil engineers creating a sustainable world?'

Entries were assessed by a panel of professional engineers. Shortlisted teams then had to present to a live audience made up of parents and staff at their school. 

ICE North East chair Paula McMahon presented the winning team with their award.

She said: "I was impressed by the standard of all the entries and meeting these young people in person was a delight.  I am confident that this competition has inspired students to be our next generation of civil engineers."

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