Talented pupils from Harborough’s Welland Park Academy have won a place in the finals of a prestigious national science competition.
James Cox and Asher Winter excelled in the heats of the National Science and Engineering Competition with a project that saw them test the effects of natural substances on a variety of microbes.
The pair 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 science honours for young people.
The final is at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham in March 2014.
There, James and Asher’s shortlisted entry will be showcased to more than 60,000 visitors and they will come face-to-face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den style pitch process.
James said: “The competition has taken me on an amazing journey and I’ve definitely got my sights set on the big prize. 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.”
The competition is open to 11-18 year olds, and aims to find youngsters to come up with a novel idea, invention, concept or solution.
Imran Khan, chief executive of the British Science Association, which runs the competition, said: “James and Asher’s project really caught our imagination.”