Thomas Hardye School student’s wave research earns final spot in National Science + Engineering Competition (From Dorset Echo)
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Thomas Hardye School student’s wave research earns final spot in National Science + Engineering Competition
A TALENTED student from Dorchester is hoping to make waves at a national science and engineering competition.
Thomas Hardye School pupil Edward Duckworth will have his work assessed by a prestigious panel of judges after winning a place in the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition.
His research into tidal waves looking at the tidal effect on spectrogram noise will now be presented to more than 60,000 people at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at the ExCeL in London.
The event, which runs from March 14 to March 17, is the country’s single biggest celebration of science and engineering for young people.
The panel of judges at the event will include television science star Professor Brian Cox, celebrated space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Sir Tim Hunt and mathematician and Countdown co-host Rachel Riley.
Edward said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working on my project as it has given me a keen insight into the rigours of scientific research.
“Producing a conclusion that is supported by my data was very satisfying and I am pleased to have made a new discovery, a small contribution to the sum of knowledge.
“I’m thrilled my efforts have been recognised by my acceptance into the finals of this year's National Science + Engineering Competi-tion and I am eagerly anticipating The Big Bang Fair in London this March.”
Sir Roland Jackson, chief executive of the British Science Association which runs the National Science + Engineering Competition, said: “The Competition aims to recognise and celebrate the most creative flair of our young scientists and engineers, and to inspire others to follow related study and careers. Edward’s entry illustrates the talent our young people possess. We’re delighted to see Edward get through to the national finals and wish him the best of luck when the judging panel make their decision at The Big Bang Fair in London.
“His project has captured our imagination and we hope it spurs others on to enter next year’s competition.”
Schools and families in Dorset can register for free tickets to the Big Bang Fair, where they will be able to see Edward’s project in action as well as experiencing a whole range of activities and live performances.
For more information about the National Science + Engineering Competition or to book your place at the Big Bang Fair visit thebigbangfair.co.uk.