Now in its sixth year, the competition is hosted by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) in conjunction with the STFC Daresbury Laboratory. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 from across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside were asked to submit an essay stating “Why I want to be a scientist” in less than 500 words. From there a 12-strong shortlist was drawn up to participate in the ‘Competition Final’ held at in the Lecture Theatre STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire.
Alice Brown, the Winner Year 7, said “I was very nervous but really excited to win. I did my presentation on nanotechnology and hope to work in this area”. Alice’s winning presentation can be viewed here:
It was an experience which some have likened to being on X-Factor! Each finalist took it in turn to deliver a short presentation to an expert panel of judges from scientific, business and educational backgrounds on why they wanted to be scientists when they were older, before going on to answer a series of questions from the panel testing their knowledge and passion for the subject.
Geoffrey Piper, Chief Executive of the NWBLT and Chairman of the Judging Panel, said: “Tonight has been a great evening and we have all been really impressed with the high quality of the entries. All the shortlisted pupils have performed extremely well and it has been very hard to select a winner.”