Crewkerne pupils set to meet Professor Brian Cox at London science fair
Smart pupils from Wadham School in Crewkerne are displaying their science project in London for the next few days.
The four are finalists in the National Science and Engineering Competition and are exhibiting at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair 2013 at the ExCeL from today until Sunday.
Amy Gardiner, 14, Victoria Hawkins, 13, Tom Pittard, 14 and Stuart Weston, 14, won the regional finals of the competition while they were at Maiden Beech Academy in Crewkerne last year. Now they could be demonstrating to the likes of Professor Brian Cox and could be featured on the BBC's The Big Bang science programme.
Louisa Ridgley, head of science at Maiden Beech, said: "The students investigated the best products to clean metals. They used a range of everyday materials, such as cola and orange juice to see which would be the best and tested their ideas on pennies. They found that overall the best products were vinegar and tomato ketchup.
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"They have worked very hard on this project in their own time. Reaching the national finals of such a prestigious competition is an incredible achievement and we are very proud of them."
In addition to coming up with a project, the pupils had to raise more than £1,000 to attend the final.
They were sponsored by Charles Bishop Ltd, S. Margetts, the Rotary Club of Crewkerne, the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District, McKinlay's estate agents and Williamson's Solicitors of Crewkerne.