STUDENTS from Sutton Academy have been selected to compete at the UK finals of a science and engineering competition after their project caught the eye of judges.

The team of pupils from the school will now take their place in this year's The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition.

The team, made up of Libby Hanlon, Leah Birchall, Louise Williams, Georgia Lake, Jasmine Crosby, Kaley Harrison, Bethany Hosker, Caitlin Unsworth and Emily Billington, has been announced as one of the winners of the regional heats at The Big Bang North West, with the project from the group titled ‘Interactive Biology’.

As part of the interactive project, the students will be hoping to enable young children to understand how their body works and how to keep it healthy.

Dr Hilary Leevers, chief executive of EngineeringUK, said: “The team from The Sutton Academy really impressed the judges with their project and we’re excited to see how they do at the UK finals.

"It is a huge achievement to progress to this stage of The Competition and they should be incredibly proud to take up their place and compete at The Big Bang Fair in March 2020.

"Going into its twelfth year in 2020, The Big Bang Fair continues to be a great source of STEM inspiration for young people, providing an amazing opportunity for young visitors, their teachers and parents to get hands-on with a wide range of activities, workshops and shows, and engage in meaningful career conversations with professionals, all designed to bring classroom learning to life and inspire the next generation."

The students will be invited to attend the competition finals, which are taking place at The Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC in March. Here, they will vie for top prizes including the coveted title of GSK UK Young Engineer and GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year.